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Lithuania will decide on Friday if to impose a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for arrivals from Poland, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said, adding that "there is a good chance" that the neighboring country will be on the updated coronavirus "blacklist".
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"They are likely to be included," the minster told LRT Radio on Friday morning when asked about the coronavirus situation in Poland and the Netherlands.

"Epidemiologists discuss the situation with their colleagues from Latvia and Estonia, (...) and the countries then make a unanimous decision," the minister said. "The decision will be announced today".

Foreign travelers would be banned from entering Lithuania from Poland if the neighboring country's coronavirus rate exceeded 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.

If the rate is above 16 but below 25, foreigners may enter Lithuania, but they must self-isolate for 14 days. The same requirement applies to Lithuanian nationals returning from affected countries.

The latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control put the rate in Poland at 20.1.

Veryga said that the situation in Lithuania "isn't good and has been worsening little by little", but added that "we don't have that exponential growth yet and we hope we won't."

Lithuania on Thursday reported 24 new confirmed cases for the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total count to 2,171.

As part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus, a package of measures will be presented to the government's COVID-19 crisis management committee on Monday, Veryga said.

The new measures will be tied to the infection rate per 100,000 people and will differ from the previous ones in that they will be applied more locally, "without shutting the whole country down and taking those strict measures everywhere", he said.

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