Covid-19. February 18

Covid, with mask. Engin Akyurt. Unsplash

365 new coronavirus infections and 11 more deaths have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.

In the last two weeks, per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence rate is 238.8 cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 192,000 people have been diagnosed in Lithuania.

Statistically, 176,925 people recovered (declared: 127,377 cases).

The statistical number of active cases – 8,811 (58,088 patients were declared).

Overall, 3,129 people died from COVID-19. In total, 6,075 deaths are associated with this infectious disease, both directly and indirectly.

Additional help is being considered for seniors to help them come to the COVID-19 vaccination points, says Monika Navickienė, Minister for Social Welfare and Labour.

“We spoke to social services so that we could initiate extra help, both in educating these people and, if necessary, providing additional transportation so that seniors could receive this vaccine. We really think it is important,” the minister said at a press conference.

According to Navickienė, vaccinations in care facilities managed by the ministry are “relatively smooth and effective” and now, residents are being vaccinated with a second dose of the vaccine.

“We don’t see any additional outbreaks,” she said.

Unused COVID-19 vaccines have been transported to vaccination centres, not being stored, says Minister of Healthcare Arūnas Dulkys.

“There are already 74 vaccination centres all over Lithuania. There are 49,923 doses in them,” the minister wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

After the president’s adviser Simonas Krėpšta mentioned on Thursday about the risk of vaccines piling up in warehouses, Dulkys said there are currently no vaccines in stock and vaccination rates are increasing.

“129 vaccination centres are expected to function in proportion to the increase in the number of vaccines delivered. Up to 10,000 people are vaccinated daily. Local governments, assessing their capabilities, plan to vaccinate up to 30,000 people a day,” says A. Dulkys.

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