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2021.10.19 16:10

All non-vaccinated people in Lithuania likely to catch coronavirus by spring – PM

BNS2021.10.19 16:10

As the spread of the coronavirus shows no sign of slowing down, all non-vaccinated people in Lithuania will likely fall ill with Covid-19 in the coming months, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said in an interview with BNS.

"Judging by the way the virus is now spreading, over this winter and a bit of the spring, it's very likely that the Delta virus [strain] will reach those people who refuse to get vaccinated," Šimonytė said.

According to the prime minister, the government will continue seeking and encouraging people to get vaccinated, but does not plan any massive restrictions.

"Since June, when vaccines became available to everyone, the deaths of unvaccinated people now make up 80 percent of all [coronavirus] deaths," the prime minister said.

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If all those people had been vaccinated, the number of deaths would have been several times lower, she added.

Some 5,456 people, including 207 who were fully vaccinated, have died of the coronavirus in Lithuania, according to the latest figures from the country's statistics office.

Over 370,000 people have contracted the virus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Currently, the country has reported some 27,000 active cases.

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