Lithuanian medical team to go to Armenia to help it fight coronavirus

  • 2020-06-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - A team of Lithuanian medical volunteers will travel to Armenia in June to help the South Caucasus country combat the spreading coronavirus and its consequences. 

The team, including eight medical workers, a logistics specialist and an operations manager, will spend two weeks in Armenia, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told BNS on Wednesday.

"They will leave for two weeks to help a country that is in a very difficult situation: people are queuing to be admitted to hospitals and intensive care wards (because of) a lack of beds and medical personnel," Linkevicius said.

"They have appealed to EU institutions and to the (Lithuania) government. Some countries are helping, some are trying to have serious patients brought to them for treatment and some are trying to help by sending doctors there," he added. 

Armenia said last week that its hospitals were unable to cope with an influx of coronavirus patients. Based on the latest figures, the country has so far confirmed over 14,100 COVID-19 cases and 227 deaths.