Lithuania considers cutting self-quarantine period to 10 days

The Lithuanian government is considering to cut the 14-day self-isolation period for people arriving from coronavirus-affected countries to ten days, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.

The government’s Covid-19 committee also discussed singling out “safe islands” within coronavirus-affected countries, he said, and people arriving from them would not be required to self-isolate at all.

Travelers returning from coronavirus-affected countries – that is, those that have reported more than 16 new cases per 100,000 population over the last two weeks – could leave self-quarantine after 10 days, if their coronavirus test is negative, Skvernelis posted on Facebook.

This would allow people who do not have the virus to go back to work and normal life faster, he reasoned.

The final decision will be made by the health minister after an “in-depth epidemiological analysis”, he said.

“At this stage, we have also discussed this issue informally among the cabinet members and it seems that we are moving towards that,” Skvernelis told reporters on Wednesday.

The new rules could come into force on September 15, Skvernelis added.

“We discussed a possibility to single out safe island within countries that are considered affected. We are inclined to make this decision in order to make things easier for the tourism business, but we still need to agree on that with the other Baltic Bubble countries [Latvia and Estonia],” he said. “The final decision should be made on Friday.”

LRT.LT

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