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.
Hospitals and deaths
96 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 last day, 20 fewer than the previous day.
50 patients receive artificial lung ventilation, and oxygen is added to 815 people.
Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys has previously said that strict pandemic management measures would be applied if 240 resuscitation beds were occupied in the country’s medical institutions.
The government has also decided that passport requirements for those without access would be exempted if more than 300 patients with coronavirus were not treated in hospitals during a calendar week.
Nine people aged 80-89, two in the 60-69 and one in the 50-59 age group died of COVID-19 last day.
Five deaths occurred in the 60-69 and 80-89 age groups.
Of the 7.4 thousand. 648 people who have died of COVID-19 to date have been fully vaccinated. deaths.
To date, at least one dose of the vaccine has been given to about 1.92 million people. people. Fully vaccinated – 1.18 million. population, another about 651 thousand. fully vaccinated have also received a booster dose of the vaccine. About 5.7 thousand people were vaccinated with it last day. people.
The Department of Statistics does not include people who received a booster dose among those who were fully vaccinated, they are counted separately.
In Lithuania, 68.6% have received at least one vaccine dose. population.
Excluding the vaccination of the youngest groups of children in December, the lowest vaccination rates are among children aged 12–15 – almost 36 per cent.
71.2 percent of the country’s top population, over the age of 80, was vaccinated.
In total, about 6.15 million LTL have been received in Lithuania so far. 4.13 million doses of vaccine were used for vaccination. doses.
At present, 15.8 thousand people still suffer from coronavirus. people.
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.