Government might discuss Lithuania's possible inclusion in list of countries with high Covid-19 incidence

  • 2020-08-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The government might discuss Lithuania's possible inclusion in the list of countries with high Covid-19 incidence tomorrow, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said after today's coalition cooperation meeting. 

On Tuesday, August 25, the government will hear the Interior Ministry's report on border control in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Asked to comment the quickening spread of Covid-19 in Lithuania and the steps Latvia might take if this neighbor country ends up in the list of 'unsafe' countries, Karins said that he follows the situation with Covid-19 in various European Union member states on a daily basis. 

The prime minister indicated that he is most of all concerned about the situation in Latvia's neighbor countries and that the rate of Covid-19 infections in Lithuania tends to grow. 

Karins underlined that, according to Latvia's Covid-19 rules, travelers who arrive in Latvia from countries on the 'yellow' or 'red' list are required to self-isolate for 14 days. "Tomorrow, the Interior Ministry will report on our border control and this question will be asked - what should we do, given that the incidence in Lithuania is rising," Karins said. 

Lithuania has confirmed 38 new coronavirus cases and the country's 85th death from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Monday morning.

This brings the country's total count of COVID-19 cases to 2,673. Lithuania currently has 807 active cases and 1,66 recoveries

The country has since June 1 registered 69 cases of coronavirus infection contracted abroad.

A total of 608,767 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Lithuania so far, including 1,635 over the past 24 hours.