Lithuania Extends Quarantine and Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions

December 14, 2020

VILNIUS, Lithuania — The government in Lithuania has extended a nationwide quarantine until Jan. 31 and tightened existing lockdown measures as it tries to flatten a spike that has continued to grow despite earlier actions.

Virtually all stores, except food shops, pharmacies, veterinary clinics and opticians, are to be closed as of Wednesday in this Baltic state of almost 3 million. Also, people will be allowed to leave their homes only for legitimate reasons, travels between regions will be prohibited, and families will be allowed to go for walks only in open spaces within their municipality.

Lithuania has reported nearly 95,000 cases and 825 deaths.

With 1,188 cases per 100,000 in a 14-day period, it ranks among the countries with the highest infections number per capita in the European Union.


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