Lithuanian healthmin vows to look for quarantine exceptions for pregnant women, families

  • 2020-03-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says the existing mandatory quarantine for all returning people will not be lifted but vows to look for exception for pregnant women and families with small children.

"We have no plans to cancel the decision but we will look for flexibility for special groups that are experiencing difficulties and perhaps municipalities would provide other measures," Veryga told a press conference on Wednesday.

The minister also acknowledged that people placed under quarantine at municipal premises "are facing really unpleasant things, like living conditions they have not chosen".

But, he added, the decision was based on the principles of infection management.

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius says the capital's municipality has already started releasing families with children home. Veryga says it was not coordinated with him.

"I would like to ask the mayor to consult me before making decision," he said.