Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Lithuania closes all universities and schools March 13-27, bans flights to and from Italy, bans public gatherings for more than 100 people.

This alert affects Lithuania

This alert began 12 Mar 2020 21:02 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least March 27
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, limited services, event cancellations

Summary
Lithuanian authorities have ordered from March 13-27 the closures of all kindergartens, schools, and universities. In addition, authorities have banned air travel to Italy starting March 13, and from Italy starting March 16. Authorities will also close sport, leisure, and entertainment venues throughout the country.

Authorities are likely to further increase restrictions throughout Lithuania in the coming days. Authorities may impose additional limitations if the COVID-19 cases increase and spread in the region. As of March 12, 3 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Lithuania.

Background and Analysis
Older individuals, infants, and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission can occur, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO coronavirus knowledge base