Plane with infected passenger lands in Vilnius, coronavirus ruled out

A plane landed in Vilnius on Thursday with a suspected case of coronavirus, Vilnius Airport has confirmed to LRT.lt, which was later ruled out.

Rolanda Lingienė, director of National Public Health Centre, confirmed that the passenger is not infected with coronavirus, although the symptoms led to the initial suspicions.”The initial clinical symptoms led to believe” that the person was infected with coronavirus, she said, but not the “epidemiological” symtoms.”The person didn’t visit the People’s Republic of China, and did not interact with [anyone that had] a confirmed case of coronavirus,” said Lingienė. The passenger is suspected to have an air-borne infectious disease, she added, but the doctors still need to confirm the exact diagnosis.

The plane landed at 16:10 and came from Warsaw, according to the airport’s spokesman Marius Zelenius. “It’s true that a plane carrying a passenger with a potentially infectous disease has landed at the Vilnius airport,” he said. “Health Emergency Situation Centre is already activated.” He added that officials from National Public Health Centre as well as medical personnel and “other services” are on their way to the airport.The plane was diverted to a separate area in the airport and the passengers will not disembark until a decision is taken by the health officials. The possibly infected person will be taken by an ambulance to Santaros clinic that is prepared to deal with such cases, according to Zelenius.

The passenger flew in from US via Warsaw  The potentially infected person flew in from the US via Warsaw, according to Algirdas Šešelgis, head of the Health Emergency Situation Centre and vice minister of health.He would comment whether the individual is a LIthuanian citizen, and said coronavirus is highly unlikely. “There is not even ‘a smell’ of coronavirus, but let’s wait for the specialists’ conclusion,” Šešelgis told LRT.lt. “It will most likely be flu, [but] I don’t know [and] let’s wait for the doctors.”

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