Lithuanians allowed to take sick leave remotely after returning from coronavirus areas

  • 2020-03-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - People will not need to go to their doctor to obtain a sick-leave certificate after returning from coronavirus-affected areas or coming into contact with a potential coronavirus case, the Lithuanian Health Ministry said on Tuesday. 

Nor will they have to apply to the National Public Health Center (NVSC) for help in taking sick leave because of coronavirus. 

All they will have to do is to fill a questionnaire on the NVSC website before calling their health care provider. They will be entitled to sick leave for two weeks after returning to Lithuania or having close contact with confirmed or potential coronavirus cases.

The facilitated procedure, approved by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and Social Security and Labor Minister Linas Kukuraitis, is a temporary measure that will remain in place until the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak has passed, the Health Ministry said.

At the same time, Veryga called on employers to allow their employees to work remotely after coming back to Lithuania from affected areas, which currently include China and the northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna, as well as Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Lithuania has so far confirmed one coronavirus case. 

Globally, more than 90,900 cases of the COVID-19 infection have been reported, over 3,000 people have died, and 48,000 have recovered.