Lithuania's Health Ministry suggests homeschooling children upon return from China, Italy

  • 2020-02-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's Ministry of Health is asking the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports and local municipalities to create conditions for schoolchildren and those attending kindergartens to be homeschooled if they returned from coronavirus-hit China or Italy.

It is also suggested letting teachers and other education workers work from home after their return from risky territories.

"The situation is changing with every hour, not day. (…) If we had 157 coronavirus cases in Italy yesterday, so today we already have 270. Recommendations have been prepared on how to treat people who return from this region. We have asked schools and parents to look responsibly at this issue," Vice Minister of Health Algirdas Seselgis told a press conference on Tuesday.

The Health Ministry has also turned to mobile network operators to send out messages to both Lithuanians who are now in Italy and also to those who have visited the country over the past two weeks. Travelers will be asked to provide their contact information, information about the places they visited, flight destinations and times.

Over 80,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed so far across the world, and 2,700 people have died.

A Tenerife hotel in Spain has recently been locked down over a man with the virus, with around 1,000 people put into isolation. The man arrived in Tenerife from the Italian region of Lombardy.

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affair says the embassy in Madrid has contacted the quarantined Tenerife hotel where lists of people are now being drawn up and information about people's citizenship is being collected.

"Information on whether there are Lithuanians at this hotel will be provided later," Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for the ministry, said.