VILNIUS – The ongoing lockdown in Lithuania will probably be extended for a longer period than expected now, the country's Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says.
"I believe it would be realistic to expect that the quarantine will be extended," he told a press conference in Vilnius on Tuesday, adding that, if extended, the quarantine conditions might change.
"Under the existing quarantine, we are speaking about softening certain conditions. But the quarantine, as a measure, might remain in place for a longer period of time," Veryga said.
Lithuania was placed under a large-scale quarantine on March 15 and it was later extended until April 27. Educational, cultural establishments, the majority of shops, catering venues and beauty salons were closed and events were cancelled.