A woman with “mild symptoms” has become the first confirmed coronavirus case in Lithuania, the country’s Ministry of Health told CNN in a statement today.
She is currently in isolation in Republic Siauliai Hospital, which has the required infrastructure, the ministry said.
Three family members of the patient are being closely monitored in hospital and have not experienced symptoms so far.
Other people who have been in contact with the infected patient are being identified and their health is being examined, the ministry said. None of them have experienced symptoms.
“Despite the efforts made and the proactive preventive measures that we took among the first, we regret to declare that Lithuania did not avoid the coronavirus,” said Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga.
“We were well aware that the threat existed, and we were actively getting ready for this scenario.”