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The national lockdown that was introduced in Lithuania in mid-March in a bid to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be extended beyond May 31, but only minimal restrictions will remain in place, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.
Skvernelis: lockdown likely to be extended with minimal restrictions
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"It's possible that the quarantine period will be extended, but if we look at the restriction, they are minimal (and are necessary) to ensure people's safety and the border regime," Skvernelis told reporters.

"Otherwise, we are getting back to normal as much as possible," he added.

For some time, Lithuania will continue to restrict entry for people from high-risk countries or those "where the epidemiological situation is not under control" and to keep in place certain restrictions on economic activity, according to the prime minister.

These restrictions are related to events and shopping centers, where the number and flow of people will have to be regulated, he said.

Strict anti-coronavirus measures were introduced in Lithuania on March 16, but have been gradually relaxed since mid-April.

The national lockdown was last extended until May 31.

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