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More than 50 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Lithuania this week and the circumstances surrounding the majority of them are clear, which is a good tendency, the country's National Public Health Center says.
COVID-19 cases on the rise but circumstances around many of them are clear
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"The number of cases is growing, which shows that we cannot relax. We are at least glad about the tendency that in the majority of these cases we record, the contraction circumstances are clear, and they are isolated," Egle Korkut of the NPHC told a press conference on Friday.

"The more people we manage to catch and isolate, the more protected the public is from the contagion," she added.

Self-isolation is one of the key measures helping to slow the spread of the virus, Korkur said.

"We would like to pay attention to the fact that self-isolation is key since out of the 12 cases recorded in Kaunas, (…) they were tested last week and the results came back negative, once retested this week, the results were already positive," the NPHC representative said.

"So, after the contact, at the start of sefl-isolation, a person does not show the virus, but that does not mean that the person will not get ill. People need to properly self-isolate until the last day we, as specialists, say," she said.

26 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total count to 1,986, the country's Health Ministry said on Friday morning.

BNS estimates that this is the highest daily increase since early May.

Lithuania currently has 277 active cases and 1,616 recoveries, and 99 people are in isolation.

Eighty people have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, and another 13 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes.

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