VILNIUS, February 21. / TASS /. Lithuanian Health Minister Arunas Dulkis is forced to go into self-isolation after contact with an employee of the department, who was diagnosed with coronavirus infection. This was announced on Sunday by the press service of the Ministry of Health of Lithuania.
"On Sunday, after the test, one of the employees of the ministry was diagnosed with COVID-19. All colleagues in contact with him, including the head of the department, went into self-isolation," the statement said.
The department informed that Dulkis feels fine, he does not have symptoms characteristic of a coronavirus infection. "Starting Monday, the minister will work remotely," the press service said.
The first case of coronavirus infection in Lithuania was detected on February 28, 2020. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 3,171 people have died in the country, 179.5 thousand have recovered. In total, during this time, according to the results of 2.071 million tests, 194.1 thousand were infected. 2.794 million people live in Lithuania.
On December 27 last year, vaccination against coronavirus began in the country. 121.1 thousand people were vaccinated, which is 4.33% of the population. Vaccination is optional. According to epidemiologists, in order to develop herd immunity, 70% of the population must pass it. President Gitanas Nauseda said that the task of the authorities is to vaccinate this amount (about 2 million people) by mid-summer. In the course of a survey conducted in February, it turned out that 64% of the population agree to be vaccinated.