VILNIUS – Lithuania would consider allowing medical workers with asymptomatic coronavirus infections to care for COVID-19 patients if scientists said this is safe, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday.
"Only if scientists say it very clearly that there's no risk for either (healthcare) professionals or patients," he told a news conference." If we receive such a recommendation from specialists, we'll certainly consider it."
Veryga added that it would be up to medical workers to decide if to go to work if they test positive but develop no symptoms.
"Nobody would force them," the minister said.
"But as I said, we haven't yet received clear recommendations from scientists as to whether or not they could work, because a similar question has been asked about whether medical workers who have already recovered COVID-19 could work and not go into self-isolation after having a high-risk exposure," he added.
According to the National Public Health Center, around 1,400 medical staff are currently ill with COVID-19, with 150 new cases recorded over the weekend.
Around 2,000 healthcare workers in Lithuania have tested positive since the onset of the pandemic.