Some 150,000 people were tested for COVID-19 last week, with the daily average at a record high of over 22,000 tests.

However, the daily number of positive cases stopped rising and the pace of the pandemic began to decelerate for the first time in two months.

At least 35 percent of the Lithuanian population are thought to have immunity to the coronavirus either because they have received at least one vaccine shot or because they have recovered from the disease over the past six months.

The number of hospitalizations has stopped growing in all regions, except for Siauliai-Telsiai where new infections and the hospital occupancy rate are on the rise.

The Kaunas-Marijampole region also sees an increase in new positive cases, but the hospital occupancy rate there is stable, at least for now.

"The situation in hospitals remains tense, but growth has stopped in the regions of Vilnius and Kaunas," the government said.

The British strain of the coronavirus and its variations, which are not resistant to the vaccines, continue to dominate across Lithuania, but the African variant is spreading little by little, too.