VILNIUS – The Lithuanian government plans to end the ongoing lockdown on June 17 but it would be replaced by a state-level emergency situation, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.
"Today, the COVID–19 committee discussed a potential plan on exiting the quarantine regime. If the epidemiological situation does not change for the worse in Lithuania, this plan would see the introduction of a different legal regime, i.e., a state-level emergency situation," the prime minister posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
"We have a preliminary plan that the new legal regime could be introduced as of June 17. the final decision should be made at the government's sitting next week," he added.
In his words, the new measure would allow regulating border control and also introduced certain restrictions on agricultural areas, and these restrictions, when necessary, could be directed only to certain areas with the highest risk of the coronavirus spreading further.
Lithuania has been recording only several new coronavirus infections in recent days, with 58 patients still being treated in hospitals and two people remain in intensive care. A total of 1,682 cases had been recorded in the country as of Tuesday.
The lockdown was put in place on March 16 and has been several times extended and is set to expire on June 16.
The Lithuanian government has confirmed epidemiological criteria for lifting the lockdown. Pursuant to the criteria put forward by the Health Ministry, the cumulative 14-day incidence rate of COVID-19 per population of 100,000 shall not increase since the date of approval of the criteria, and at least 90 percent of new coronavirus cases a week should be linked to localized and manageable diseases outbreaks.