Covid-19. April 28

At a mobile COVID-19 testing point in Vilnius. @ Žygimantas Gedvila 15min.lt

Last day, 1,585 new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Lithuania – 554 more than the day before.

Fifteen people have died from COVID-19, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.

The incidence rate increased again – for 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days, it is now 545.3. The percentage of positive SARS-Cov2 tests has also increased. Within a week, it is 6.5 per cent.

Over the past day, almost 13,000 tests were performed.

The Vilnius city municipality invites all persons over 55 for vaccinations. Vilnius residents can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine. On this occasion, a special space was set up in the municipality building.

The possibility of vaccination appeared after Vilnius received an additional supply, which is enough not only for the elderly. Education workers, high school graduates and people with chronic diseases are still welcome.

Registration and timing of vaccinations are available at http://vakcina.vilnius.lt.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė hopes that it will no longer be necessary to make such a decision when vaccines for other regions and cities are diverted to the capital, which, from an epidemiological point of view, looks extremely bad. In the future, she said, the distribution of vaccines will depend on the number of inhabitants.

The Ministry of Healthcare diverted some of the vaccines intended for other municipalities to Vilnius. This irritated the mayors of smaller cities: the mayor of Šiauliai Artūras Visockas even publicly rebuked the government and appealed that vaccine deliveries intended for their city should not be directed to Vilnius. According to him, due to the fact that some of the vaccines intended for Šiauliai went to the capital, earlier registrations for vaccinations had to be cancelled.

Speaking about the redistribution of vaccines, during which Vilnius received more vaccines than previously expected, I. Šimonytė said that the decision was made in response to the bad situation in the capital region. She recalled that the situation in the country as regards to the level of infections is uneven.

“I would like such solutions not to be needed in the future. If however, such decisions were needed in other regions, they would be taken in the same way,” she said and noted that when learning from this situation, we should better communicate such decisions in the future, especially among those affected.

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