Why Georgia is Succeedeing In Fight Against Coronavirus?
23 March, 2020
Why Georgia is Succeedeing In Fight Against Coronavirus?
Business media company Bne IntelliNews which publishes, business news from Eastern Europe, Eurasia, MENA, and Africa writes an article with the title "Why is Georgia succeeding with the coronavirus where many Western countries are failing?"
The author makes a comparison between Georgia and the Netherlands as both of the countries confirmed their first cases at roughly the same time- Georgia's first case was a day earlier.

To compare the two countries, the article discusses the ways the two countries responded
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to the outbreak.

"Early in the crisis, Georgia took strong measures to prevent and detect imported cases. They not only checked the temperatures of all arrivals but gave out clear information and contact details in case they started experiencing symptoms"- writes the author.

Moreover, Georgia has not denied the danger of the coronavirus and informed its citizens about the deadly effect the virus can have on their health. What is more important, the government also set up a dedicated website and gave regular and clear briefings to the public which reflected the international scientific opinion and World Health Organization recommendations.

"As the crisis escalated in the rest of Europe, Georgia closed its borders and implemented strong social distancing measures, closing all restaurants, bars, and shops apart from grocery stores, banks, petrol stations, pharmacies and post offices."

Also, all international air traffic was halted except for a few official government flights.

"All this has happened in a country which (at the time of writing) has not seen a single coronavirus death."- writes the article author.

After discussing all the measures taken by Georgia to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, the author goes on to talk about the situation in Netherlands. As it turns out, almost no measures were taken even as the first cases began being confirmed.

"Only when the deaths started mounting did the government begin to act and introduce, largely voluntary, social distancing."

All things considered, the author asks this question in the end: " Did the civil strife and severe shortages that afflicted Georgia in the 1990s help create a political culture that was better equipped to take decisive action even at huge economic cost? "

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