Lithuania reports 17 new cases, over 200 students in self-quarantine

Seventeen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Sunday, bringing the country’s total count to 3,100, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Monday morning.

One of the people diagnosed with Covid-19 is a student at a Vilnius school. The person was in classes until September 2, according to the NVSC.

An entire class of 14 students has been isolated as well as two teachers who had contact with the infected person.

Four other newly-diagnosed cases have been linked to a family event on August 28. In all, the outbreak accounts for seven confirmed coronavirus cases.

There is a new infection cluster in Kaunas County, according to the NVSC. An employee of the agriculture equipment sales company Ivabaltė was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Sunday, in addition to one more confirmed earlier.

The sources of three infections have yet to be identified.

There were 43 new infections reported on the previous day.

Lithuania’s total Covid-19 count currently stands at 3,100, including 1,046 active cases and 1,955 recoveries.

Eighty-six people have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, and another 13 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes.

Some 6,291 people are currently in isolation.

Over 200 students in self-isolation

Since the start of the academic year last week, over 200 students, parents and teachers, who have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases, have been instructed to self-isolate, according to Rolanda Lingienė of the NVSC.

If a student is diagnosed with Covid-19, it does not lead to the entire school getting shut down or switching to remote teaching, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga commented on Monday.

“Depending on how many people had contact with the infected person, decisions are made after evaluating the epidemiological situation,” he said.

According to Lingienė, the accepted practice is to only quarantine people – students and teachers – who had direct contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.

The parents and household members of the quarantined students are considered “contacts of contacts” and are not required to self-isolate, according to Lingienė.


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