Coronavirus cases near 500 as Georgia eases restrictions
27 April, 2020
Coronavirus cases near 500 as Georgia eases restrictions
“We will have to learn to cohabit and coexist with this virus” – says Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital. As number of COVID-19 cases rise gradually and some restrictions are lifted effective April 27, Tsertsvadze undesrscored importance of following medical recommendations while opening up the country.

Number of coronavirus cases has increased to 496 in Georgia. 149 recovered, 4 833 people are in a 14-day mandatory quarantine and 571 are under observation in hospitals. 6 people
have died of the virus in the country.

"Most importantly, the country needs to get out of the economic recession, and that's just necessary. Under these conditions, of course, the risk of infection increases. Mass testing in these conditions will certainly be helpful” – he said. “We have to put up with the fact that there will be separate and possibly dozens of cases of the coronavirus infection in our country, and this should not lead to tensions and the danger that thousands and tens of thousands of patients will be sick, as happened in European countries. In the future, when we will manage to stop the pandemic, then we can act with regard to this infection the same way we do with tuberculosis or even the flu during the flu season. For this, it is necessary to stop the epidemic.”

Talking of the coronavirus testing, Paata Imnadze, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disease Control, said that more than 12 000 tests have already been conducted nationwide.

Georgia has relatively lower number of the COVID-19 cases compared to its neighbours – Armenia (1746 cases and 28 deaths) and Azerbaijan (1645 cases and 21 deaths). Compared to some of the European countries, numbers are better in Georgia and several media outlets praised the country’s fight against the virus.

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