On March 24 several more COVID-19 cases have been identified in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (NATO eFP BG) in Rukla. The infected allied soldiers are taken care of by military medical personnel in ad hoc separated quarters in the military territory. They were placed in the premises immediately, for testing for the coronavirus.
The Dutch soldier who became ill during the weekend and four more Dutch soldiers who displayed similar symptoms were flown back to the Netherlands yesterday by decision of their chain of command. According to NATO eFP BG representatives, the troops had been taken home to get better with an intention not to put strain on the Lithuanian health system.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces and allied forces deployed in Lithuania continue to apply all precautions to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The individuals who may have had contact with the diagnosed soldiers have been isolated, all quarantine requirements are respected. The Lithuanian Armed Forces is constantly in touch with allies concerning potential assistance or help.
The NATO enhanced Forwards Presence Battalion Battle Group remains to be the cornerstone element of NATO deterrence and defence on the eastern flank of the Alliance. Military activities continue with an emphasis on the health and safety of personnel.
POC: PAO for the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Capt Andrius Dilda, +370 686 28035.
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