Lithuanian minister, parliament speaker test positive for COVID-19

VILNIUS, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen and Acting Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis have tested positive for COVID-19, Lithuanian news agency ELTA reported on Thursday.

Former chess grandmaster Cmilyte-Nielsen, who was elected on Friday as speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, said she did not feel any symptoms and followed all the recommendations including wearing a mask at all meetings, keeping social distance and avoiding handshakes.

Earlier on Thursday, former parliament speaker Viktoras Pranckietis was reported to have contracted COVID-19 as well.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry announced that Karoblis was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is isolated for treatment and will wait for further instructions from doctors. It added that he "feels good, without symptoms of COVID-19."

According to the Ministry of Health, Lithuania has to date reported a total of 40,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 341 deaths and 10,008 recoveries.

To bring life back to normal, countries including Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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