Border closures might be under consideration – Lithuanian president

  • 2020-03-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Border closures over the coronavirus threat might be considered, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says.

"Border closures might be practically considered among alternatives as well. Checks are now underway and practically border control is in place in the whole territory," he told journalists after the State Defense Council's Friday meeting.

According to Nauseda, the existing measures at the country's borders are adequate.

"We need to establish strong contacts with those who cross the border, especially if they are coming from those countries that are considered risky. At this stage, such a measure is adequate to the existing situation," the Lithuanian president said.

The head of state also called on people not to panic.

"Really, do not succumb to panic and try to limit your movement as much as it is possible. Stop listening to false prophets, especially on social media," Nauseda said.

The Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday decided to propose to the government to close the state's border over the coronavirus threat. Committee members made the decision of recommendation nature unanimously and now it should go to the government where lawmakers expect it to receive backing.

Three coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Lithuania.