Covid-19. February 15

COVID-19

In the last 24 hours, the country has registered 203 new coronavirus infections and 8 more deaths, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.

In the last two weeks, per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence rate was 270.3 cases.

190,937 cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Lithuania since the beginning of the pandemic.

The statistical number of active cases – 9,576 (59,166 patients were declared).

According to the Department of Statistics, the declared patients are persons 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 infection has been confirmed within the last 28 days. After this date, the person is statistically healthy.

Tens of thousands of people are returning to work after the opening of hair and beauty salons and small non-grocery stores on Monday, but only a minority have heeded the authorities’ recommendation to undergo a COVID-19 prophylactic test before returning to work.

As reported on Sunday by the LNK channel news, mobile test points focused on the increased number of people from Thursday, but it turned out that there was no need to increase the staff, as only about 4,000 people took the opportunity to get a free coronavirus test by the end of the weekend.

Greta Beinaravičiūtė, coordinator of the 1808 hotline, reported that only about 600 people wanted to test themselves on Saturday.

According to her, the most tests were performed last Thursday – about 1.8 thousand. On Friday, 1.4 thousand tests were performed.

The coordinator emphasized in an interview with LRT that when assessing this data, it cannot be said that the test subjects were dominated by people from the cosmetics and retail industries who return to work on Monday.

After the quarantine conditions are relaxed, hairdressing, beauty and massage salons as well as small non-food stores will resume work in Lithuania on Monday.

Shops with a separate entrance from the outside will open, if the area of their commercial premises does not exceed 300 sq. m. Shops inside shopping malls cannot open yet.

Service providers and traders will have to provide at least 20 sq. m of space per customer.

Minister of Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė said last week that tens of thousands of people would be able to return to work, but only a small number of them completed the government-recommended COVID-19 preventive test.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė asked the inhabitants to refrain from unnecessary contacts and services, visits to stores.

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