According to the specialist, the decline in the number of newly detected infections has slowed down, but this slowdown has slowed down recently, but the biggest concern is the share of positive tests, which has increased from 7.1% to 7.8% during the week.
She pointed out that this rate had risen sharply among people being tested for Covid-19 symptoms, and it would be very important to have more preventive testing.
The expert explained the current situation with the increase in the mobility of the population, which has been observed throughout the last week since the introduction of certain facilitations in the quarantine regime. According to her, this could have been predicted, so the situation must be closely monitored this week, but it is clear from now that the time has not yet come for new relief.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktorija Čmilīte-Neilsen has called on the Department of Statistics to assess the situation more cautiously and not to be surprised by generalizations, leaving this task to “representatives of other professions”.
“Right now, we need the least hasty conclusions, hang tags and intimidate the public,” she stressed.
The Lithuanian Department of Statistics reportedly warned on Monday that the third wave of the new coronavirus could be starting in the country.
“It looks like we have started the third wave of the pandemic. Lithuania’s trajectory in the space of two pandemic indicators is returning to the old tracks, which we have already ridden in October,” the department said in a statement issued on Monday.
It states that the number of new infections registered in a country within one day is no longer decreasing and the proportion of positive tests is growing.
“This trend has been going on for a week now, but now there is no doubt about it,” the statisticians admitted.
Later, Birute Stolīte, a representative of the Department of Statistics, explained to the BNS news agency that with this warning the department wanted to draw attention to the increase in the proportion of positive tests.
“Our goal was to draw the attention of epidemiologists, who should then provide further comments,” she said.
As reported, quarantine was announced in Lithuania in early November, but since mid-December, movement between municipalities has been allowed only in cases of special need. At the beginning of February, the ski centers could resume work, but from last week it was allowed to open non-food stores with a separate entrance from the outside, as well as hairdressing and beauty salons.
In the last seven days, almost 43,000 tests have been performed in Lithuania and the proportion of positive tests has reached 7.8%. In the European Union, this figure is considered important, as above 4%, the spread of the disease is considered to be rapid and uncontrolled.
According to the data of the Department of Statistics, the 14-day cumulative number of infections per 100,000 population on February 22 in Lithuania is 242.9.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 194,333 people have been confirmed with the new coronavirus in Lithuania. The Covid-19 virus has claimed a total of 3,178 lives.
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