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Lithuania is easing military training restrictions as the coronavirus situation in the country is improving, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Lietuvos kariuomenės pratybos „Ulono kardas“,  kpt. D. Ulozo nuotr.
Lietuvos kariuomenės pratybos „Ulono kardas“, kpt. D. Ulozo nuotr.
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The number of troops allowed to train together was increased to 100 (a company-sized unit) on Wednesday, from 30 (a platoon-sized unit) previously, and will be raised up to 150 on June 16.

Lithuanian soldiers will be able to travel to other countries for international exercises, but they will need permission from the chief of defense to do so.

Military bodies working with conscripts – the Military Conscription and Recruitment Service and the Military Medical Service – are resuming their activities.

Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupsys says the Armed Forces have maintained their combat readiness throughout the lockdown period and the spread of the coronavirus has been limited to several individual cases.

"As the epidemiological situation in Lithuania is improving, I am allowing military units to resume exercises outside military areas, too," Rupsys said in a press release.

"Thus, we are gradually returning to the usual pace of military training," he added.

A total of 15 military and civilian personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and 14 of them have already recovered.

Military training did not stop completely after a nationwide anti-coronavirus lockdown was introduced in Lithuania in mid-March, but certain restrictions were put in place.

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