Lithuanian president urges people to stay calm after 1st coronavirus case confirmed

  • 2020-02-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has called on people to stay calm and follow official recommendations after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lithuania on Friday.

"At this moments, it's important for all people in Lithuania to stay calm, act responsibly and follow the officials recommendations and tell one's closest environment, including family members, friends and co-workers, about them," the president said in a statement.

Nauseda underlined that at this stage "there's absolutely no basis for any panic, therefore, one should rebut those who, consciously or not, spread made-up or false information."

He also said the public can trust the competence of specialists and institutions to take the situation under control.

"Following the confirmation of the first case, I would like to clearly state that we can trust the competence of working specialists and institutions to put the emergency situation under control," Nauseda said.

The president also offered the State Emergency Situation Center the support of specialists from the presidential office.

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lithuania on Friday after a woman 39, was diagnosed after returning from Italy earlier this week. She is currently placed in isolation in a hospital in the northern city of Siauliai.

All in all, over 83,000 people have contracted the new virus worldwide, and over 2,800 people have died from it.