China and Lithuania setting up coronavirus hotline

Lithuania and China are setting up a hotline to exchange information on the coronavirus outbreak, the Lithuanian government said on Monday.

The hotline will allow a “prompt exchange of relevant information” between the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius and Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry and Health Ministry, according to a press release.

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Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis and Zhifei Shen, the Chinese ambassador to Lithuania, discussed actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“The Chinese Embassy will do its utmost to help prevent any cases of coronavirus infection in Lithuania,” the ambassador was quoted in the press release, pledging full cooperation with Lithuanian authorities.

Matulionis has asked the ambassador to keep the Lithuanian government and other institutions updated about the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The outbreak originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has killed around 400 people to date. Over 17,000 infections have been confirmed, including some in Europe.

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