Coronavirus confirmed at 21 schools in Lithuania, 318 people isolated

  • 2020-09-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The coronavirus has been confirmed at a total of 21 educational establishments in Lithuania and 318 people are self-isolating, Rolanda Lingiene, director of the National Public Health Center's Vilnius Department, says.

In her words, the virus was confirmed to two pupils in Vilnius, at Gabija Progymnasium and Martynas Mazvydas Progymnasium.

"With Mazvydas and Gabija Progymnasiums included, we now have a total of 21 educational establishments, including two pre-school educational establishments," Lingiene told a press conference in Vilnius on Thursday.

In her words, 18 children and seven staff members, including three teachers, are ill right now.

A total of two coronavirus have been confirmed at Martynas Mazvydas Progymnasium, with the first one reported on Sunday. Both cases are not related, the NPHC said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga urged people not to panic. In his words, some schools with confirmed cases are making decisions to continue the education process remotely not only for the children ordered by the NPHC to self-isolate, but also all the remaining pupils.

"I would like to urge people not to panic as educational establishments had to prepare procedures on how to separate flows and they are necessary not to force the whole educational establishment to move to remove learning and to ensure that children have the possibility to have live classes," he said.

The minister also added there's no obligation for pupils to wear masks but that could change if the epidemiological situation gets worse.

A total of 3,199 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Lithuania so far, including 1,070 ongoing active cases and 2,030 recoveries.