VILNIUS – The restrictions currently in place in Lithuania can help keep the coronavirus pandemic under control, Health Minister Arunas Dulkys said on Wednesday when asked when the COVID-19 immunity certificate and other measures could be scrapped.
"Apparently, the most important messages now are that we have a fairly stable situation in hospitals, the situation in intensive care units is more stable than it was in September, and the average number of deaths is lower than it was during the second wave of the pandemic," Dulkys told the Cabinet.
"These are signs that there is a chance for us to contain this pandemic with this whole toolkit," he said.
The minister added that "we will need the toolkit" for as long as the number of new infections continues to grow.
Earlier on Wednesday, Lithuania reported 9,490 new COVID-19 cases for the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals currently stands at 1,139, including 93 ICU cases.