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2021.12.08 09:35

Pandemic situation stopped improving in Lithuania – chief epidemiologist

BNS, LRT.lt2021.12.08 09:35

Covid-19 infection numbers have been falling over the last weeks, but not anymore, according to Loreta Ašoklienė, the country's chief epidemiologists. Infections in schools mostly account for the reversal.

“Morbidity has stabilised and we no longer observe it dropping,” she has told BNS. “Children returned to classrooms and infections started rising again.”

Since last week, Lithuania's 14-day infection rate has been hovering around 850 new cases per 100,000 population. Previously, it had been dropping throughout November.

The National Public Health Centre announced last week that there were 705 active infection clusters in Lithuania, 455 of them were in schools.

“Morbidity is either going down or stabilising in all age groups, except children,” Ašoklienė said.

However, the new infections are not overburdening the country's healthcare system, where Covid-19 hospitalisation rates have been stable.

“Our main task is not to overwhelm the healthcare system. So far, we haven't seen that happening,” according to Ašoklienė.

Lithuania has not yet confirmed any cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19.

Ašoklienė said earlier this week that even if Omicron started spreading in the country, the government was not planning any additional restrictions.

The current rules require that everyone who has been in contact with a confirmed or suspected Omicron case go into self-isolation for 10 days. This also applies to people who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.

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