VILNIUS – Lithuania's former President Dalia Grybauskaite criticized on Tuesday the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying more stringent measures should have already been introduced.
Grybauskaite believes that the parliamentary election is a reason why the government has delayed making tougher decisions.
"I think some of these fears are probably true," the former president told reporters after casting her ballot at an early voting site in the district of Vilnius. "I think that the regulations and measures that are already somewhat delayed will be put in place after the election."
"Decisions are necessary, because we know that hospitals are running out of COVID beds, cancelling scheduled surgeries and vacating some units," Grybauskaite said.
"These are the signals that the government should have paid attention to some time ago," she added.
The former president thinks that the coronavirus pandemic will affect next year's state budget which is now being discussed in the parliament.
"We'll see a completely different budget in the final version," she said.