Strict Quarantine Regime Declared in Two of the Georgian Regions
23 March, 2020
Dozens of military vehicles have been deployed due to the COVID-19 case reported in the Marneuli region, Southern Georgia. According to Defense Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, the Georgian Defense Forces will be involved in the preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus in Bolnisi and Marneuli, which were locked down by the decision of the Coordination Council of the Government of Georgia yesterday.

In full coordination with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Defense Forces will arrange special checkpoints in the Marneuli
and Bolnisi municipalities.

"By the decision of the Government Coordination Council, the Georgian Defense Forces are engaged in preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, therefore strict quarantine regime is declared in Marneuli and Bolnisi region.

Coronavirus is a pandemic and only unity will help us combat it. Our military will always be in service of Georgia people"- the Defense Minister Irakli Garibashvili said.
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia informed the media at a briefing yesterday that most likely the transmission happened at a ritual event were several dozen people were present.

"According to our epidemiologists, internal transmission occurred during the ritual event, which was attended by several dozen people. What is more important, the fact that we identified 90 people who were in contact with each other, does not mean anything, the situation is still very serious. This is exactly the challenge that we called the internal transmission of the virus for which we must be highly prepared and we are, but the situation is still very complicated."- the Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, said.

Yesterday, the resident of Marneuli tested positive for Coronavirus and was transferred to Tbilisi's hospital.

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