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Lithuania's chief epidemiologist Loreta Asokliene hopes the epidemiological situation in the country to continue improving, adding, however, that it might be undermined by the continuous spread of the disease in schools.
Top epidemiologist: coronavirus cases are likely to go down further
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"In Lithuania, following the prolonged fall break in schools, we see a downward tendency of the case rate," she told BNS. "We continue to monitor whether this tendency will remain, or the return of children to schools will lead to unfavourable tendencies. But it's likely that we'll see a continuous reduction in the number of cases."

The expectation is based on the generation level of immunization against COVID-19, Asokliene said. "We are likely to have reached a high level of immunization, speaking not only about vaccination but also the number of people who have had the virus," she said.

"People are also actively taking booster jabs. If the pace remains, we can expect very good tendencies," the top epidemiologist said.

Although coronavirus case rates are going down in Lithuania, some other European countries are seeing their increases, and Austria, Italy and the Netherlands are started to take tighter measures to manage the pandemic.

Asokliene says other countries are facing what Lithuania has recently gone through.

"We have reached the peak and we are now going down. Meanwhile, other countries are naturally moving towards the peak," she said.

Lithuania's two-week rate of new coronavirus cases now stands at 976.4 per 100,000 people and has been going down for a third consecutive week.

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