Covid-17. February 17

Testing for Covid, by Mufid Majnun @ Unsplash

376 new coronavirus infections and 15 more deaths have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.

191,821 cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Lithuania since the beginning of the pandemic.

Statistically 176,671 people recovered (declared: 127,320 patients).

The statistical number of active cases – 8,737 (58,088 patients were declared).

According to the Department of Statistics, the declared patient is a person whose case of the disease has been confirmed, but the disease record has not yet been closed – the end of the disease has not been confirmed by a doctor.

A statistical patient is a person whose disease has been confirmed within the last 28 days. After this date, the person is statistically healthy.

Hackers from North Korea tried to hack the servers of the American pharmaceutical group Pfizer to steal data on the vaccine and drugs against COVID-19. This information was provided by the Yonhap agency, citing the findings of the South Korean intelligence agency NIS.

Yonhap was informed by MPs from the Parliament’s Intelligence Committee who participated in the in-house NIS briefing in Seoul.

North Korean authorities have not officially reported a single case of coronavirus infection, but closed borders shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic and used strict internal lockdowns to protect themselves from infections.

Despite the official absence of infections, in the first half of 2021, North Korea is to receive 1.99 million doses of the vaccine from the British-Swedish AstraZeneca company as part of the international COVAX distribution program.

The government has postponed the decision to lift further lockdown restrictions by a week, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said after the meeting.

The lockdown is valid until February 28. According to the prime minister, next Wednesday, the government will decide, which restrictions will remain in force and which will be lifted.

The head of the government confirmed that next week, the possibility of lifting restrictions on the movement of residents between municipalities is to be reviewed.

According to the Minister of Interior Affairs, Agnė Bilotaitė, the restriction may initially be lifted in the local governments of Alytus, Šiauliai and Panevėžys.

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