Covid-19. March 17

Mask. Covid-19. Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels
Mask. Covid-19. Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels

Over the past day, 570 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed and 8 deaths have been reported, the Department of Statistics said today.

In the last two weeks, out of 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence is 233 cases.

The percentage of positive diagnostic tests in the last seven days is 6.8%.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 206,899 people have been diagnosed in Lithuania.

Statistically 192,484 thousand people recovered. (declared: 148,562).

Statistical number of active cases – 6,943 (declared 50,865).

In the Šalčininkai region, more and more doses of AstraZeneca remain unused. The district administration is still waiting for the authorities to take action to change the vaccination procedure.

“AstraZeneca is underused – we have 730 doses. A lot. We are not moving too much,” the director of the municipal administration for the Šalčininkai region Josif Rybak told BNS.

According to the Department of Statistics, only three people were vaccinated with the first dose on Monday and 26 with the second dose in the region on Monday.

This vaccination rate is the lowest in the country.

According to the director of the municipal administration, the majority of older people living in the area are afraid of vaccination.

“We have a lot of people over 65 who live alone in small villages. They fear the consequences and wait for spring before their grandchildren arrive. Currently, about 50 per cent of people refused to vaccinate,” said one of the municipality’s representatives.

According to him, residents are invited to vaccinate, there is also the possibility of self-registration.

The Seimas has focused on amendments under which people employed in specific fields will be required to undergo periodic tests for the coronavirus.

MPs voted in favour of the amendment to the act on prevention and control of infectious diseases. Expedited amendments will be considered by parliamentary committees.

Voting may take place as early as next Thursday. The amendment to the law outlines that in the event of an emergency situation, the government will be able to approve a list of industries and professions whose employees will be able to work only after obtaining a coronavirus test result.

Healthcare Minister Arūnas Dulkys, who presented the bill, does not see it as a violation of human rights. It maintains that such regulation cannot be considered compulsory testing because those who do not agree may work remotely.

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