Lithuania to send troops to borders

The government will send troops to the airports and the country’s borders to prevent the spread of the virus. Šiauliai and the region have now been declared the epicentre of the coronavirus. The Lithuanian government is also recommending to cancel mass events in Šiauliai.

“The patient is reported to have developed mild symptoms, she has no fever at the moment and is undergoing necessary treatment. The woman was constantly monitored ever since her return to Lithuania, alongside other travelers returning from affected zones,” the country’s health ministry said.

According to the ministry, the patient’s three family members are also being monitored at the hospital. They haven’t developed any of the COVID-19 virus’ symptoms.

“The woman and her family members – her brother and father – are in the hospital. The woman feels fine, and her family members also fine. [They] are undergoing additional tests to find out if they are carrying the virus,” Skirmantas Malinauskas, an adviser to the Lithuanian prime minister, told LRT on Friday.

The woman flew back to Lithuania via Kaunas. All people who had close contact with the woman are being closely monitored but they have not developed any symptoms.

According to the prime minister’s adviser, the woman was taken to the Šiauliai hospital in her hometown on Thursday. She was monitored ever since her return to Lithuania on Monday, and she had self-isolated herself at home on Tuesday after feeling unwell.Her two colleagues who also went to the conference have also been tested for the coronavirus but the results came back negative.

Remigijus Mažeika, the director at the Šiauliai Hospital, said she managed to avoid contact with colleagues and other people in the meantime.

The woman decided not to go to work after developing the symptoms, including fever, cough and obstructed breathing, the hospital director said.

A man who had contact with the woman has been placed in isolation at the hospital and is now undergoing tests, said Mažeika. “The results expected in the course of the day,” he added.

The hospital is now quarantined, and visitors are not allowed in. The woman was diagnosed with the new coronavirus at 1:00 local time on Friday. Sixty-seven people had been tested for the coronavirus in Lithuania as of Friday.



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