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25 Nov 2020 | 11:05 AM UTC

Lithuania: Authorities extend lockdown measures until December 17 /update 10

Authorities extend lockdown measures until December 17; heed official instructions

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Event

The Lithuanian government has announced that lockdown measures currently introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will be extended until December 17 to coincide with the transfer of power to a new government. Under lockdown measures, most workers are required to work from home and people may only leave their homes for essential reasons such as shopping, work, or accessing health services. Universities and secondary schools also remain closed, together with restaurants and gyms. Shops have been permitted to remain open; however, they must continue to limit the number of customers entering. Face coverings are mandatory in all public spaces and public gatherings are limited to five people.

As of Wednesday, November 25, there have been 51,655 reported cases of COVID-19 in Lithuania with 432 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

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