Coronavirus: Over 900 tests done in Lithuania, 26 cases confirmed

Four new  coronavirus   cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 26, the country’s Health Ministry said.

The three people are now placed in isolation and are undergoing treatment at Santara Clinics in Vilnius. Two of them have returned from abroad, and have recently visited Belgium, Switzerland, France and the UK.Information on the third and fourth cases is still being collected.  Read more:  Travel updates: Poland opens Warsaw airport for Lithuanians, ferry leaves Germany for Klaipėda    Meanwhile, 935 coronavirus tests have been done in Lithuania by Wednesday morning. So far, only people came came back from abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the Health Ministry, 193 tests were carried out by the National Health Care Surveillance Laboratory on Tuesday alone. The lab is nearing its maximum capacity as it is capable of carrying out 210 tests a day.

Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told LRT TV that the country’s major hospitals will soon be allowed to carry out tests themselves.

Laboratories at Kaunas Clinics, Santara Clinics in Vilnius and Klaipėda University Hospital now have the possibility to carry out tests. However, up until now, tests have only been carried out by the Vilnius-based National Health Care Surveillance Laboratory.

According to the minister, the amount of reagents is limited. Over 10,000 reagents are set to reach the National Health Care Surveillance Laboratory on Tuesday, and another 20,000 should be supplied next week.

The director general of the World Health Organization on Monday urged all countries to test every suspected case of Covid-19 to fight the spread of the virus.

“We have a simple message for all countries: test test test. Test every suspected Covid-19 case,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said. “You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.”

Lithuania was placed under quarantine on Monday.


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