Lithuania entered the New Year with 1945 new COVID-19 cases, 12 people died

Lithuania entered the New Year with a significant number of new cases of coronavirus. Last day, 1945 new infections with COVID-19 were detected. A total of 521,692 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Lithuania so far. He is currently ill with 15,837.

According to the Department of Statistics, 12 people died on Friday. Of these, 7 have not been vaccinated. In all, the coronavirus has already claimed 7,403 lives.

Last day, 714 people were vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine, for a total of 6,000 people. 875 people.

Hospitals are currently treating 967 patients with COVID-19, several dozen fewer than the previous day, 95 of whom are in resuscitation.

About 10.4 thousand work was done in the country last day. molecular (PCR) and over 5 thousand. antigen tests for suspected coronavirus.

The number of new cases of coronavirus in 14 days is 100 thousand. population has risen slightly to 737 cases. The rate of seven-day positive diagnostic tests fell slightly to 13.5 percent.

Propagation of the Omikron strain

74 cases of COVID-19 of the omicron strain are currently confirmed in Lithuania, the National Center for Public Health (NVSC) reported on Friday.

According to epidemiological studies cited by the Center, the proportion of imported cases is declining compared to previous data. At present, import cases account for less than half – 38 percent. – all confirmed cases of omicron.

The majority of all confirmed cases of omicron have been identified in Vilnius County, other isolated cases are distributed in almost all counties.

According to the NVSC, the average age of patients is 30 years, the youngest is 8 years, and the oldest is 64 years old.

Nearly all patients (90%) reported experiencing COVID-19-specific symptoms, but none are currently being treated in hospital.

The minister hinted at a fourth dose

Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys does not hide – next year he may have to talk about the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Although, the Minister notes, the answer to this question will depend on objective circumstances, it is likely that certain groups of people may need another booster dose of the vaccine.

“All experts will confirm that a final vaccination schedule must be established for each infection and each vaccine during testing and practice. For Kovide, this scheme is not well established. However, it is very likely that a fourth booster dose may be needed. Maybe not for everyone, maybe just for certain groups. “Our experts and external experts are working and following the information, and it is very likely that we will be able to make some decisions,” the minister told Elta on Friday.

“This possibility is not ruled out,” he added.

For the time being, however, A. Dulkys emphasized, it is necessary to concentrate on vaccinating the public with the third booster dose.

“Today we are still at a stage when we have a lot of people who have not been vaccinated with the third dose,” Dulkys said.

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