Lithuania confirms first case of coronavirus variant detected in UK


VILNIUS, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania's Health Ministry confirmed on Monday the country's first case of the coronavirus variant identified in Britain, local media reported.

"On Jan. 12, the National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory sent a sample to be analyzed in Rotterdam. On Jan. 27, we received a confirmation that the sent sample contained the mutated B117 strain," Vytautas Beniusis, head of the ministry's press service, was quoted as saying by the local news agency Elta.

The new strain of coronavirus was found in a woman from Vilnius.

Also on Monday, the government gave the green light to outdoor ski facilities, allowing them to open as of Tuesday.

They are required to sell tickets only online and pre-register all visitors, and no ski equipment rental services or any other services will be allowed to provide there.

A second nationwide lockdown first introduced on Nov. 7, 2020 was later extended until Feb. 28 due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Baltic country.

So far, Lithuania has registered 182,893 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,825 related deaths, according to the Department of Statistics.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

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