The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Lithuania in March 2020. On 18 March 2020, the first domestic case was confirmed, the first infected being an immediate family member of a known case. The first cases of community spread were found in the country on 19 March and the first related death occurred on 20 March 2020.
The Lithuanian government initially declared quarantine from 16 March to 30 March, which was later extended until 13 April.
25 January 2020: Specialists from the National Public Health Center started consulting travellers to and from China at all three airports in Lithuania.
26 February: Lithuania declared a state of emergency as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.
28 February: Lithuania confirmed the first case of COVID-19, a 39-year-old woman who arrived to Kaunas from Verona, Italy after a business trip. She was then hospitalised in Šiauliai. The same day, the Seimas cancelled all public events on its premises until 30 April.
10 March: Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed positive in Kaunas. These people (a couple) were in a ski resort in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, at the end of February and first week of March.
12 March: The Government of Lithuania ordered all public indoor events of more than 100 attendees to be cancelled. On the same day, the government ordered the closure of all educational institutions including kindergartens, public schools, and universities for two weeks with a recommendation to utilise online learning. All museums, cinemas, and gyms were also closed.
14 March: Two new cases were confirmed. A male student (who also worked as a barista) returned home from Denmark to Kaunas Airport on 10 March, and went by bus to Vilnius, and from there to Kretinga. Another male Lithuanian returning from Italy was tested positive in Vilnius and received treatment at Santara Clinics. Later in the day, the first recovery (39-year-old woman from Šiauliai) was reported. One more case was confirmed in Panevėžys – a 31-year-old man who arrived from the Netherlands.
15 March: Three new cases related to abroad travel were confirmed: a 25-year-old man from Rietavas who returned from Denmark (he worked together with the student whose COVID-19 testing results were positive on 14 March), and two people, a male and young female, in Vilnius who had returned from Norway and Austria.
16 March: Lithuania was put under quarantine. All public indoor and outdoor gatherings were prohibited; all shops and businesses excluding grocery shops, pharmacies and veterinary pharmacies were closed; all restaurants and bars were closed, leaving the option for food take-away; borders were closed for foreigners regardless of the means of transport, excluding cargo and special transport; all international outbound passenger travel was prohibited. The quarantine was set to last until 30 March.Lithuanian Railways also halted all international rail services for the duration of the lockdown.
18 March: Four new cases were confirmed in Vilnius: a young man who had returned from North Macedonia and the United Kingdom, two men who had returned from the United Kingdom and a man from the United Arab Emirates (via the Netherlands). Two cases were confirmed in Klaipėda District, both (a couple) returned from Austria. Yet onother case was confirmed in Šiauliai (the person returned from the United Kingdom). The first case of local transmission of the virus was confirmed in Kaunas when a woman who returned from the United Kingdom infected her father.
19 March: Two new cases were confirmed in Klaipėda, the patients had returned from Norway and Spain. Later in the day, five new cases were confirmed, all hospitalised in Vilnius. Three cases are from people who returned from Turkey, the United Kingdom and northern Italy. One case is locally infected from a sick family member. One case is a doctor from Ukmergė with no recent travel history, making her a suspected case of community transmission between patient and doctor. Also on the same day, the state-wide quarantine was tightened – people are not allowed to gather in groups larger than five people in public spaces; playgrounds are only to be used by children of one family at one time; national park access was severely restricted to prevent an influx of people.
20 March:Jonava District confirmed its first case. On the same day, the first case of death from COVID-19 complications was reported in Ukmergė – an 83-year-old woman. The disease was confirmed as the cause of death after a posthumous examination. Two doctors from Ignalina District were also confirmed to have COVID-19. They had come from the Dominican Republic via the Helsinki Airport.
24 March: Šilutė District confirmed its first case. Border control was extended for 20 days to 12 April. The quarantine was tightened – everyone was advised to mask their mouth and nose (with masks or scarfs), people were only allowed to be in public spaces in groups no larger than two, family members must shop alone. Also shops were mandated to control movement of customers within the shops. Also starting from 24 March, people who would come from abroad by plane to Vilnius Airport would be quarantined in a hotel. Late in the evening, the second death from COVID-19 complications was reported. A 90-year-old woman got infected at a hospital in Ukmergė, from which she was discharged on 16 March. On 23 March, she was admitted to Santaros Klinikos with fever and fatigue. COVID-19 has been confirmed for eight soldiers in a NATO multinational battalion battle group. Five soldiers from the Royal Netherlands Army have been transported back to their home country.
25 March: Major coach companies temporarily suspended their intercity routes in Lithuania due to extremely low demand. The third death was reported in Ukmergė Hospital. The fourth death was reported in Panevėžys. The deceased person had been confirmed for COVID-19 on 17 March. In the afternoon, the nationwide quarantine was extended to 13 April. A resolution was enacted by the Government of Lithuania to create a situation handling committee, which would be headed by Prime MinisterSaulius Skvernelis, to help the Government control the state of emergency.Plungė District and Trakai District confirmed their first cases.
28 March: The sixth case of death, a 75-year-old patient with several chronic diseases, was confirmed in Ukmergė. The seventh case of death was confirmed in Klaipėda.
30 March: It was confirmed that 116 patients have been hospitalised for COVID-19 in Lithuania as of this day, 5 of which were in critical condition. New travel restrictions for citizens returning from abroad were announced – in particular, a ban on special flights starting from 3 April. Mayor of Klaipėda announced that 6 patients previously diagnosed with COVID-19 in the region were now clear of the condition, bringing the total number of confirmed recoveries to 7.Anykščiai District reported its first case.
31 March: Confirmed cases surpassed 500. Akmenė District and Kelmė District reported their first cases. In the afternoon, the eighth case of death was reported in Vilnius - the deceased was a 77-year-old transferred from a compromised hospital in Ukmergė on 29 March.
1 April: The Government of Lithuania has banned export of medical equipment to countries outside of the European Union.
2 April: As of this day, 108 medics are infected with COVID-19 in Lithuania. After 4 confirmed cases, Vilnius Šeškinė clinic, a large health center with more than 80,000 registered citizens,, had closed. Later in the day, the 9th case of death was confirmed - a risk-group patient in Ukmergė.
Number of confirmed cases (blue line) and deaths (pink line) on a logarithmic scale. A straight line on a logarithmic scale suggests exponential growth.
17 March 2020: Three mobile testing facilities were set up in Vilnius and one in Kaunas. Other counties have also proposed setting up mobile facilities, one for each county.
18 March: COVID-19 testing began in the laboratories of the main hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai.
20 March: A mobile testing facility was set up in Klaipėda.
22 March: Due to shortage of diagnostic panels, testing was temporarily stopped at Kaunas and Klaipėda mobile testing facilities. By night, new panels arrived with assistance from the Lithuanian Air Force and mobile testing facilities resumed their work following day.
25–26 March: Mobile testing facilities were opened in Panevėžys, Tauragė, and Utena. Two more laboratories were proposed for COVID-19 testing. The Ministry of Health instructed municipalities to establish "fever clinics" for checking suspected coronavirus patients with fever.
sam.lrv.lt and lrv.lt data differs. sam.lrv.lt – 345 total cases today (26 March: 1175 tested, 5495 total tested), lrv.lt – 344 total cases today (26 March: 1273 tested, 5593 total tested). It seems lrv.lt changed their data to match sam.lrv.lt (27 March 2020, 9:25 UTC+2).
^"Vakare nustatyti 6 koronaviruso infekcijos atvejai". sam.lrv.lt (in Lithuanian). 24 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020. Sveikatos apsaugos ministerija (SAM) praneša, kad kovo 24 d. vakarą nustatyti 6 nauji koronaviruso infekcijos (COVID-19) atvejai, bendras infekuotų žmonių skaičius – 209.