Lithuania's COVID-19 cases top 50,000

VILNIUS, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania reported 2,289 COVID-19 cases in the past day, bringing the national total to 51,655, showed data from the health ministry on Wednesday.

So far, 432 people have died and 12,282 have recovered in the country, according to the ministry.

Also on Wednesday, the government decided to extend nationwide lockdown until Dec. 17, along with new measures.

Lithuania introduced a second nationwide lockdown from Nov. 7 till Nov. 29.

The restrictive measures include a ban on public gatherings for groups of more than five people -- except for family members, mandatory use of face masks in all public places, and closure of gyms, museums, cinemas and theaters.

"Despite a certain slowdown in the growth of cases, the situation is still difficult, so we propose to extend the quarantine regime," acting Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga said at the cabinet sitting.

As of Dec. 10, museum and gallery visits will be allowed for groups of up to two people or members of one family if a space of at least 10 square meters per visitor or a distance of at least two meters between visitors or groups is ensured. Excursions for up to two persons or members of one family will be allowed as well.

The health ministry urged residents to behave responsibly, wear face protection properly, avoid gatherings and comply with other mandatory quarantine conditions and restrictions.

In the midst of the pandemic, countries across the globe, including China, Russia, Britain and the United States, are racing to develop a vaccine.

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