Covid-19. March 26

Lockdown and Covid in action. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels
Lockdown and Covid in action. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

The government again restricted the movement between municipalities. The restrictions will apply until April 6.“The holiday season is approaching, when the movement of residents between local governments will increase and therefore there is a greater risk of contacts,” commented the Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys during today’s meeting.

As with the previous restrictions, traffic would be allowed within the ring municipalities as well as in the event of going to work and in other cases provided for.

From March 16, the movement of residents between local governments was restricted only in regions with the worst epidemic situation. Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė announced that some large stores that do not comply with the requirement to limit the number of customers might be required to apply additional security measures.
This issue is relevant in the period of the upcoming holidays when the number of buyers increases significantly.
Currently, all stores that have a separate entrance from the outside are allowed to operate.

There are only grocery stores, pharmacies, opticians and pick-up points in shopping centres.
Larger stores per customer should allocate 15 square meters of space, stores up to 300 square meters – 20 square meters.

In an EU video conference, European leaders backed a ban on the export outside the EU of vaccines produced in member states. They emphasized that it is necessary to accelerate the production of the substances and their deliveries to EU countries. It is already known that AstraZeneca will not be able to export its vaccines until it complies with its obligations regarding timely deliveries to the Community. This was one of the main themes of the EU video summit.
“Europeans must be sure that the promised vaccines will be delivered to EU countries,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, justifying the ban on exporting vaccines outside the EU.

“The companies have to fulfil contracts signed with the European Union before they can export the preparation to other parts of the world. This is, of course, the case of AstraZeneca. I think it is clear to the company that it must first comply with contracts with member states before it starts exporting vaccines outside the EU,” added the head of the Commission.

Ursula von der Leyen suggested that companies that meet all their obligations to the Community should not have problems with exports. Even if they sell vaccines produced in the Community to countries where the epidemic situation is better and which do not apply the principle of reciprocity.

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