Lithuanian govt allocates medical devices worth EUR 100,000 to Italy, Spain

  • 2020-04-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania has allocated medical devices worth 100,000 euros to Italy and Spain that have been worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the world.

The decision to take this amount from the reserve and use for the acquisition of medical devices was made by the Lithuanian government on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis earlier expressed hope Lithuanian residents would understand this decision, stating that "solidarity with our partners in Europe and elsewhere is very important when fighting for people's lives".

The prime minister said the funds would be used to buy essential devices produced in Lithuania, including protective shields, respirators, as well as medical equipment use to maintain the breathing function.

Southern European countries are now leading in the world in terms of coronavirus deaths as 146,700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Spain and 14,500 people have died. In Italy, the number of diagnosed people stands at 135,600 and over 17,000 people have died.

More cases have only been recorded in the United States where there have been 400,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 13,000 people have died.