As Lithuania faces yet another increase in Covid-19 cases with more infectious variants of the virus present in the country, the government has decided to extend the long-standing quarantine until the end of April and to return travel restrictions between municipalities for Easter, APA reports citing BNNews.
«The data show that the number of new cases per 100 000 population in 14 days was almost 280 in recent days, the proportion of positive studies in 7 days was over 7%. The average number of cases in 7 days is 611. In general, in the last two weeks, the number of cases and the share of positive tests have unfortunately started to increase,» informed Lithuanian Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys at the government meeting.
The Dulkys added that due to Covid-19 close to 800 people are in hospitals, more than 650 of whom need oxygen therapy.
The Minister added that the British coronavirus mutation is associated with easier spread of the virus, which may also be associated with a higher incidence in Vilnius. Moreover, the first cases of the South African strain of coronavirus had been confirmed and that other cases were being clarified.