Covid-19. February 19

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Over the last 24 hours, the country has registered 663 new coronavirus infections and 13 more deaths, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.

In the last two weeks, per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence is 243.2 cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 192,986 people have been diagnosed in Lithuania.

Statistically, 178,126 have recovered (declared: 129,590 cases).

The statistical number of active cases – 8,365 (56,901 patients were declared).

Overall, 3,145 people have died from COVID-19. There are 6,105 deaths associated with this infectious disease, both directly and indirectly.

“The requirements for wearing masks in public places and restrictions on travel between municipalities can be reviewed,” said Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys.

According to him, the easing of the obligation to wear masks has already been discussed at the expert council convened by Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.

“I think we will soon correct these limitations. It seems to me that the current trends will allow us to ease the requirements for wearing masks,” he told Lietuvos Rytas television on Thursday.

“I can’t name a specific date right now, but I think there should be new information in a good week,” he added.

Speaking about the restriction of movement between local governments, Dulkys emphasized that it was introduced when Lithuania was in the first place “in terms of the difficult situation” in Europe. According to the minister, it was one of the most effective measures to contain the spread of the virus.

64 per cent of adult residents in the country want to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 10% of respondents are of the opposite opinion.

The percentage of undecided people is 16, according to the latest survey by Spinter Tyrimai, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health.

Compared to the October survey, the percentage of those wanting to be vaccinated has increased significantly, while the percentage of those who do not want to be vaccinated has decreased.

A recent poll found that the desire to get vaccinated primarily causes fear of coronavirus and infecting loved ones, and the belief that the vaccine is one of the most effective means of fighting this pathogen.

Doubters, as well as vaccine opponents, indicate that they do not want to be “guinea pigs” or are concerned about undesirable vaccine side-effects.

Vaccines against COVID-19 are in low supply almost everywhere in Europe. At the same time, EU companies export them to numerous countries outside the EU. And this is with the consent of Brussels – according to information from the German public television ARD.

Is Europe being deceived by pharmaceutical companies that report supply problems to the EU and at the same time supply other countries? To find out after the dispute with AstraZeneca, the EU introduced the so-called transparency mechanism. According to it, all manufacturers with whom the EU has signed a contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines must obtain consent to export to third countries.

In response to a question from the Brussels-based ARD studio, the European Commission announced that 37 export applications were submitted between 30 January and 10 February. All of them have been approved.

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