VILNIUS, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania reported 776 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span, the biggest daily spike since the country confirmed its first case on Feb. 28, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The latest confirmed cases brought the national total to 12,138, including 144 deaths and 4,502 recoveries so far. In the past 24 hours, 10,806 coronavirus tests were conducted nationwide.
To curb the spread of the coronavirus, Lithuania's biggest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda as well as five smaller municipalities are put under a two-week lockdown as of Wednesday. So far, 21 of Lithuania's 60 municipalities are under lockdown.
Residents of these areas must wear face masks in all public spaces including outdoors, with rare exceptions, according to a government decision.
According to the World Health Organization, face masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress COVID-19 transmission and save lives.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreaks in early 2020, wearing masks in public has been widely accepted in Asian countries like China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam to limit the spread of COVID-19.