First cases of COVID-19 infection identified in the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Tests came positive for one civilian employee and one soldier from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
All their fellow employees and colleagues that have possibly had contacts have been isolated at home or at ad hoc quarters in the military unit territory. The soldier and the civilian confirmed as infected are undergoing treatment at a civilian healthcare institution, their workplaces have been disinfected.
The civilian employee diagnosed with COVID-19 has been isolating at home since March 11 already, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 21. The allied soldier has been diagnosed positive today, all safety measures have been employed since. The Lithuanian Armed Forces continues to observe and practise all safety and preventive measures to protect the health of military personnel in the best way possible.
As it has been announced earlier, strict quarantine is followed across all Lithuanian Armed Forces units:
1. Military training and exercises have been limited. International exercises and exercises outside military territories have been cancelled.
3. Training is only allowed in military areas in open spaces.
4. Movement of military personnel and vehicles between military units has been restricted to essential only.
5. Weekend leave is temporarily unavailable for Continuous Mandatory Initial Military Service (CMIMS) conscripts.
6. Part of career military personnel are examined medically and stay with CMIMS conscripts and service is conducted on barracks regimen.
7. All career soldiers (professional military service personnel) have to carry out a two-week isolation at home and not report to military units after returning from service trips and international operations.
8. All service trips of military personnel to foreign countries have been cancelled and new ones are not scheduled.
9. Medical personnel and commanders have provided instructions in all military units concerning additional hygiene for COVID-19 prevention: additional cleaning and airing of premises, more handwashing and hand sanitiser available.
However, first confirmed COVID-19 cases will not interrupt the Lithuanian Armed Forces activity - we remain ready to complete our tasks and do everything possible to assist the country in fighting the coronavirus spread.
In total, over 120 soldiers of the National Defence Volunteer Force activated on the basis of the Domestic Support Plan of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are currently helping civilian institutions to respond to COVID-19.
POC: PAO for the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Capt Andrius Dilda, +370 686 28035.