Coronavirus updates: Covid-19 cases in Lithuania climb to 345, including 24 NATO troops


Fourty-six cases of the  coronavirus   were confirmed in Lithuania since Thursday evening, bringing the country’s total to 345, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

Out of the total 5,593 people tested for the coronavirus in Lithuania, 1,273 were tested on Thursday alone. Government representatives claim Covid-19 testing will be expanded in the country after a large shipment of 300,000 reagents necessary for tests reached Lithuania on Thursday night.

The plane bringing the shipment from China landed in Vilnius at 22:10, the Health Ministry told BNS. The reagents will now be distributed among laboratories across the country.

The Thursday shipment is the largest received so far, the ministry noted. Before noon on Thursday, 10,000 reagents were also delivered to Lithuania from South Korea.

There were only 700 testing reagents left in Lithuania on March 22.

Four new coronavirus cases confirmed within NATO battalion in Lithuania   Four new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Thursday within the international NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania.

“The total number of cases is 24,” Dutch Captain Evert-Jan Daniels, spokesman for the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battalion, told BNS on Thursday night.

The troops who tested positive for the virus were later moved from Rukla to Pabradė, where they are isolated to limit the spread of the virus, he said.

Daniels did not specify the nationality of the infected soldiers. Meanwhile, two infected Dutch troops were flown back to the Netherlands earlier this week. The German-led NATO battalion, part of the Alliance’s Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP), includes units from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway.


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