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The existing epidemiological situation in Lithuania allows hoping that there will be no need to extend the existing lockdown, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte says, adding, however, that decisions on the matter will be made following recommendations of the government's emergency commission.
Simonyte on lockdown extension: it seems that we might not need it
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"The commission will look into the situation. (…) On the one hand, it now seems that we might not need it, although, as I said, we still need to remain vigilant as we still don’t have enough vaccinated people to feel calm about the spread of newly emerged mutations," Simonyte told journalists at the parliament on Thursday.

In her words, if the government commission concludes early next week that there's no need to extend the lockdown, recommendations will be transposed into national law.

Speaking of coronavirus mutations, the prime minister pointed out that a mutated coronavirus is rapidly spreading in the UK Lithuania has "close personal ties" with.

"There are probably a lot of families who have relatives living there, and they would probably want to come back or, or people themselves want to visit them. There's no non-existent risk, therefore, we still need to be cautious, with or without that lockdown regime," the prime minister said.

There still "a lot of space for the spread of mutations among non-vaccinated people", Simonyte said, urging people to get the jab to fill that space and to avoid the need to go back to restrictions.

Some 42.6 percent of the Lithuanian population have already received at least one doze of a coronavirus vaccine.

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