Three people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday, the 13th of March. A Spanish national and two Lithuanians have reportedly been exposed to the virus abroad. To date, six cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed in Lithuania.
2 cases confirmed on the 10th of March to a couple who returned from a skiing holiday in Italy (Veneto region) on the 7th of March. The first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed on the 28th of February to a female patient who returned from Verona (Italy) on the 24th of February 2020.
National level emergency
On the 26th of February, the Government of Lithuania declared a national level emergency to help the institutions better prepare for potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration of a state of emergency is a preventive measure.
In view of the epidemiological situation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Government decided to suspend, as of 13th of March, all activities at all educational, cultural, sports and leisure establishments in the country at least for two weeks.
All mass gatherings held in both open and closed spaces shall be suspended till the 27th of March. Gatherings are allowed in open spaces and only if the number of attendees does not exceed 100 and where certain protective measures can be ensured: a distance of more than 1 metre between the attendees, a gathering is not intended for groups of people who have risk factors (older adults or people with chronic medical conditions), possibilities of hand disinfection and hand hygiene.
All the passengers arriving to Lithuanian airports will be subject to registration and screened at airports. All the passengers arriving in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania by bus, train and ferry shall be screened for COVID-19. Lithuanian Government is also stepping up sanitary control at internal borders of the European Union by engaging the Lithuanian armed forces: the number of entry points with sanitary information shall be increased up to ten (10).
Fourteen (14) day long self-isolation shall be mandatory to all travellers who arrive from high-risk countries and territories, identified as such by the decision of the Head of the National Emergency Operations Centre (Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland)*. Passengers arriving from the above mentioned countries and territories are required to submit personal information to the National Public Health Center (NVSC) by phone +370 5 2124098, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling in the QUESTIONNAIRE. Please, call 1808 (COVID-19 Hotline, free of charge) if wiithin a period of a self-isolation you have experienced flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problems.
Flights from Lithuania to Italy must be suspended as of 13th of March, and flights from Italy to Lithuania – as of 16th of March. Carriage of international passengers by road passenger transport in case passengers are carried from Lithuania to Italy on regular, special and charter (individual) trips shall be suspended from 13th of March.
All public institutions advised to switch to teleworking as much as possible.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania currently advises Lithuanian residents against travelling to all foreign countries for at least a month.
As of 13th of March, Lithuanian Government also recommends to suspend travelling to high risk countries and territories (Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), identified as such by the decision of the Head of the National Emergency Operations Centre.
Travel recommendation for a specific country must be checked at https://keliauk.urm.lt.
Important to know
To prevent chances of getting infected with the coronavirus, it is recommended following standard measures to reduce the spread of the disease: frequently washing hands with warm water and soap, not touching the face and eyes, observing the coughing and sneezing etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the bent of an elbow), observing safe cooking (especially when using uncooked meat or eggs) and avoiding close contact with anyone who has symptoms of respiratory disease such as cough or sneezing.
If within 14 days of your last visit to the COVID-19 affected areas (Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) or following a close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 disease you have experienced flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problems, muscle pain or fatigue, please immediately call 1808 and follow medical advice.
If you have not travelled to these countries and territories, have not been in contact with persons with a confirmed COVID-19 disease and have experienced flu-like symptoms, please contact your family doctor or the nearest health facility. For more information, please call +370 618 79984 or send an email (24/7) to email@example.com.
COVID-19 Hotline: +370 618 79984 (specialists from National Public Health Center provide information a 24-hour availability).
Government’s web page: http://lrv.lt/en/relevant-information/coronavirus-in-lithuania/relevant-information-1
Ministry of Health – http://sam.lrv.lt/en/
National Preparedness for Emergencies in Lithuania – https://www.lt72.lt/go.php/eng/Frequently-asked-questions-faq-about-the-novel-coronavirus