On 26 February 2020, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania decided to declare a national level emergency in the country, preparing for potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration of a state of emergency in the country is a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

All travellers who have travelled to China and Northern Italy are asked to self-quarantine by staying at home, monitoring their health and limiting interaction with other people during a 14-day period after their return from the above-mentioned destinations. Travellers with possible coronavirus symptoms are urged to immediately call 112.

More information: https://urm.lt/default/en/important-covid19

Frequently asked questions:

What is a coronavirus?

According to the WHO, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

What are common signs of infection?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How does it spread?

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

How to protect yourself?

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

What are countries at risk?

Coronavirus is spreading. If you experience symptoms on your way to or from countries at risk, or within two weeks of contact with people who have recently been in that country, you should immediately call the 112 emergency number, request medical information, and follow medical advice. If symptoms occur when flying an airplane, inform the crew immediately. If a person has not travelled to countries at risk, had no contact with people in that country for 14 days prior to the illness, they should contact their family doctor if they experience these symptoms.