Lithuania's acting healthmin says he's monitoring situation in Poland

  • 2020-08-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's Education, Science and Sports Minister Algirdas Monkevicius, currently substituting for Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, says he's monitoring the epidemiological situation in Poland where the number of new coronavirus cases has spiked recently.

"In the morning, I asked specialists from the Health Ministry to provide their conclusions and inform me about the tendencies and indicators that would make us change the list of countries. We are speaking about two countries, including Poland and the Netherlands," Monkevicius told journalists on Monday.

According to the minister, "that indicator, in their opinion, has not been reached yet". "When it is reached, I will be informed," the acting health minister said.

Rolanda Lingiene, director of the National Public Health center's Vilnius Department, told journalists on Monday that the worsening situation in Poland is causing concern for epidemiologists in Lithuania.

"The fact is that epidemiologists are concerned over the morbidity rate in the neighboring country as we go there fairly often," she told journalists.

Lithuania's Health Ministry usually updates its list of coronavirus-affected countries on Fridays and includes countries where the morbidity rate has exceeded 16 cases per population of 100,000 over the past two weeks.

Over 500 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland over the past 24 hours. Based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Polish coronavirus morbidity rate now stands at 17.9. It stood at 15.7 last Friday, therefore, both Lithuanians and foreigners can still come to Lithuania from Poland without any restrictions.

A similar situation is the Netherlands as well as the country's morbidity rate now stands at 19.2 percent, compared to 15.1 last Friday.

Based on figures from the ECDC, Lithuania's morbidity rate now stands at 6.4 per population of 100,000.