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COVID-19 Georgia Live Blog: 227 New Cases, 69 New Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities Recorded

As of September 23, 11:00 Tbilisi time, Georgia has confirmed 4140 cases of the novel coronavirus. In addition, 41 infected Georgian citizens have been repatriated to Georgia for treatment. 1,643 patients recovered and 25 died. The number of active cases stands at 2,448. Currently, 5,390 people are kept in an 8-day mandatory quarantine, while 836 patients remain under observation in hospitals. 

(Data will be updated according to the gov’t-run website stopcov.ge – Civil.ge’s note)

Wednesday, September 23

13:00 GMT+4 – U.S EUCOM Donates Ultrasound Machine to Rukhi Hospital 

The United States (U.S) European Command (EUCOM) has donated a $35,000 (GEL 113,750) multifunctional ultrasound machine to the Rukhi Republican Hospital. The Philip Affinity 50 ultrasound machine is recommended by the United States Food and Drug Administration due to its high quality images, sensitivity programs, modern design, and high accuracy. 

The donation ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories Giorgi Tsotskolauri, acting Deputy Chief of the U.S Ambassador Catherine Schweitzer , Medical Holding Director Giorgi Chogovadze and US Defense Attaché Colonel Stephanie Begley. 

12:12 GMT+4 – 25th Fatality Reported, 2nd in a Day

25th COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, according to the updated data on Stopcov.ge. This is the 2nd COVID-19-related fatality recorded in one day.

11:20 GMT+4 – 24th Deceased Patient Had Underlying Conditions, Was COVID-19-Negative Upon Death

The 24th COVID-19-infected patient who has died over the last 24 hours had multiple underlying diseases, Marina Endeladze from Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases said. According to the doctor, the 70-year-old man, who was hospitalized on August 18 with double pneumonia, had been newly operated for laryngeal cancer and suffered from other underlying medical conditions such as bullous emphysema, anemia, and pulmonary thromboembolism in the right lung. Although the patient had already recovered from COVID-19, as he had tested negative on 3-4 September, he still succumbed to complications from his underlying illnesses.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 227 infections diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the biggest number – 165 – was again confirmed in the western Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 34 were confirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi, 14 in the western Imereti region (12 in Kutaisi, 2 in Terjola), 4 in the city of Rustavi, Kvemo Kartli region, 4 in the Guria region (Ozurgeti – 3, Lanchkhuti – 1), 2 in the city of Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, and 1 in the Dusheti Municipality of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.

11:00 GMT+4 – 227 New Cases, 69 More Recoveries, 24th Fatality Recorded

Georgia has reported 227 new cases of COVID-19 virus, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 4140. In the meantime, 69 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1643. NCDC Georgia also noted another fatality, with the total number of fatalities reaching 24. The number of active cases to date stands at 2448.

Tuesday, September 22

19:30 GMT+4 – 59 New Cases, 26 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 59 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1054. In the meantime, 26 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 311. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 736. 

16:00 GMT+4 – 3rd Fatality Reported in One Day, Patient from “Uncontrolled Territory”

Third fatality was reported by Georgian authorities in a day, with the total number of COVID-19-related deaths reaching 23. As specified by NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze during the press conference, the deceased was “a very critical patient, also transferred from the ‘uncontrolled territory’.” (On September 18, Gamkrelidze had mentioned 4 critically ill patients on assisted ventilation transferred from Abkhazia for medical treatment, one of which died on September 20 in Kutaisi).

11:10 GMT+4 – Both Deceased Had Underlying Diseases, Doctor Says

Both of the two COVID-19-infected patients who have died over the last 24 hours were suffering from multiple chronic underlying diseases and were in critical condition, Marina Endeladze from Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases said. The first deceased, a 67-year-old man, had diabetes, arterial hypertension, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. The other deceased patient – a 77-year-old woman – was suffering from diabetes, stroke, cerebral atrophy, and myocardial ischemia.

11:05 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 218 infections diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the biggest number – 137 – was again confirmed in the western Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 47 were confirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi, 26 in the western Imereti region, 6 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, and 2 in Guria.

11:00 GMT+4 – 218 New Cases, 40 New Recoveries, Two More Fatalities Recorded

Georgia has reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 virus, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 3913. In the meantime, 40 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1574. NCDC Georgia also noted two more COVID-19 fatalities. The number of active cases to date stands at 2291. 

Monday, September 21

20:00 GMT+4 – 56 New Cases, 25 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 56 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 995. In the meantime, 25 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 285. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 703. 

16:00 GMT+4 – Abkhaz Authorities Request SPUTNIK V Vaccine from Russia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have sent an oral request to Russia to purchase the Russian SPUTNIK V coronavirus vaccine. According to the “health minister” of the occupied region Tamaz Tsakhnakia, “the Russian side is considering the request”, given that “the third stage of the vaccine trial has not yet been completed, and therefore is not yet widely used in Russia.” Should the decision be made, Abkhaz authorities are expecting to import “a batch of about 15 – 20 thousand doses” of the Russian Vaccine. 

11:05 GMT+4 – The 20th Fatality was a Patient Transferred from Abkhazia

The 20th deceased patient in Georgia was one of the 4 critically ill patients transferred from occupied Abkhazia to Tbilisi-controlled territory for medical treatment, Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, confirmed today. The 60 year-old-woman, who was also suffering from an underlying disease [not specified], could not recover and died on September 20 in a hospital in Kutaisi. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 193  infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, 92 were confirmed in the Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 53 were confirmed in the Imereti region, 31 were confirmed in Tbilisi, 8 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 7 in Guria,  and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti each.

10:30 GMT+4 – 193 New Cases, 40 New Recoveries, 20th Fatality Recorded

Georgia has reported 193 new cases of COVID-19 virus, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 3695. In the meantime, 40 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1534. NCDC Georgia also noted 20th COVID-19 fatality. The number of active cases to date stands at 2115. 

Sunday, September 20

19:00 GMT+4 – 61 New Cases, 15 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 61 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 939. In the meantime, 15 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 255. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 677. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 196  infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the biggest number – 128 – was again confirmed in the Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 30 were confirmed in Tbilisi, 19 in Kutaisi -Imereti region, 6 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 5 in Kvemo Kartli, 4 in Guria,  2 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 1 in Shida Kartli and Kakheti each.

10:40 GMT+4 – 196 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 196 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 3,502. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 13 to 1494. The number of active cases to date stands at 1,963. 

Saturday, September 19

20:00 GMT+4 – 53 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 53 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 878. In the meantime, 5 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 240. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 631.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 187 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the biggest number – 116 – were again confirmed in the Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 30 were confirmed in Tbilisi, 15 in Imereti, 11 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, 4 in Guria, 3 in Kakheti, 2 in Kvemo Kartli, also 2 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 1 in Samtkshe Javakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 187 New Cases, 46 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 187 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 3,306. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 46 to 1481. The number of active cases to date stands at 1,780. 

Friday, September 18

19:00 GMT+4 – 43 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 43 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 825. In the meantime, 9 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 235. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 583.

17:05 GMT+4 – 4 out of 5 Patients on Assisted Ventilation from Abkhazia

According to NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze, Georgia is currently treating 13 critically ill COVID-19 patients, with 5 of them on assisted ventilation. Out of these five, four have been transferred from the occupied Abkhazia. “As you know, we actively help the region of Abkhazia and if there are any severe cases, we quickly transfer them to the territory under our [Tbilisi] control for medical assistance,” Gamkrelidze said.

17:00 GMT+4 – NCDC Head on why Georgia Remains in Green Zone

The average country-wide COVID-19 incidence rate – a person/time ratio showing how quickly the disease is spreading among population – has been 2.93 per 100,000 persons in Georgia over the last 2 weeks, NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze explained, adding that Georgia remains in a safe “green zone” unless the rate surpasses 5. According to Gamkrelidze, Georgia will move to a yellow/orange zone, should the rate reach 5-20, and only at a rate higher than 20 the country will go into a red zone.

However, despite the overall safe outlook, the average incidence rate has been 19,4 for the Adjara region, turning it into a yellow zone, while the incidence rate for Tbilisi, calculated as per last 5 days, stands at 1.94.

16:00 GMT+4 – U.S Embassy Donates Personal Protection Equipment to CEC

The U.S Embassy has donated over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants to the Georgian Central Election Committee (CEC) through the U.S. European Command’s Humanitarian Assistance project. The aim of the donation is to assist the Georgian CEC in conducting the October elections in the safest conditions possible.

“The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia,” the U.S Embassy in Georgia writes. 

12:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia to Re-introduce Some COVID-19 Measures 

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz leader Aslan Bzhania signed an order to reintroduce restrictive measures aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the occupied region starting from October 5. 

The restrictions include prohibiting mass, sports, and entertainment events; prohibiting weddings; limiting the number of persons participating in mourning and memorial events; obligating market administrations and cultural institutions to observe COVID-19 guidelines by the medical officers.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 182 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, 129 were confirmed in Adjara. Specifically, 114 cases were diagnosed in Batumi; 11 in Kobuleti; 3 in Keda, and 1 in Shuakhevi. 

As for the remaining cases, 34 tested positive for the disease in Tbilisi; 11 in Imereti; 4 in Rustavi; 3 in Guria, and 1 in Kakheti.  

10:50 GMT+4 – 182 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 182 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 3,119. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 13 to 1435. The number of active cases to date stands at 1,639. 

Thursday, September 17

19:00 GMT+4 – 26 New Cases, 20 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 26 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 782. In the meantime, 20 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 226. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 549. 

16:00 GMT+4 – Wizz Air to Renew Flights, Berlin Flight Subsidized for Returning Students, and Changes in Enterprise Georgia Budget 

Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia announced that budget airline Wizz Air will be renewing flights from Kutaisi to Riga, starting from October 1. The flight to Riga will be available once a week. “As of today, direct flights from Tbilisi to Europe are open for international airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, Airbaltic, as well as for our national carrier,” the PM added. 

In addition, Gakharia declared that a subsidized flight has been scheduled for Georgian students returning to Berlin seeking to continue their studies.

The PM also emphasized the importance of using microgrant programs, such as Enterprise Georgia, as a measure to overcome the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gakharia announced that the budget of Enterprise Georgia will be increased to GEL 41 mln, while the upper limit amount for one-time funding will be increased from GEL 20,000 to GEL 30,000. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 170 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, 126 were confirmed in Adjara; 16 in Imereti; 15 in Tbilisi; 7 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 7 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 3 in Guria; 4 in Kakheti.

In total, according to the Ezugbaia, there are 9 critical patients in the country; whereas, the number of severe patients stands at under 70. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 179 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries 

As of today, Georgia has reported 179 cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2,937. In the meantime, 10 more patients have recovered, making the number of recoveries 1,422.

Wednesday, September 16

19:30 GMT+4 – 30 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 30 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 756. In the meantime, 6 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 198. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 551. 

14:00 GMT+4 – All Entering and Exiting Batumi will Undergo Thermal Screening

Head of the Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili announced that all entering and exiting Batumi will undergo thermal screening; in cases of high temperature, travelers will be tested for the coronavirus. In addition, mass thermal screening will be arranged in commercial establishments. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 196 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, 144 were confirmed in Batumi; 29 in Tbilisi; 7 in Kutasi; 1 in Sachkhere; 4 in Gori; 3 in Gardabani; 4 in Ozurgeti; 2 in Zugdidi; 1 in Poti, and 1 in Mtskheta.

10:20 GMT+4 – Record 196 Daily Cases, 31 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported record 196 cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2,758. In the meantime, 31 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,412. 

Tuesday, September 15

19:30 GMT+4 –  Record Daily 52 Cases, 6 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported record high daily 52 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 726. In the meantime, 6 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 192. With 7 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 527. 

16:00 GMT+4 – IMF Staff Assesses its Virtual Mission to Georgia

An IMF team held virtual meetings during September 8-14, 2020, to discuss recent economic and financial developments and progress of structural reforms in Georgia. Following the end of the mission, the IMF team released the following findings: 

  • “The COVID-19 pandemic’s health impact has been well-contained, but it has had a significant impact on economic activity.”
  • “The policy response, including temporary tax relief measures and expanding health and social spending to support poor and vulnerable groups, has been so far successful in containing the economic and social impact of the pandemic.”
  • “Structural reforms to support higher and more inclusive growth remain essential to limit the scarring in Georgia’s medium-term economic potential.”

12:30 GMT+4 – Central Bank Reports an Increase in Money Transfers in August

The National Bank of Georgia reports a 25.8% increase in the volume of money transfers in August 2020 in comparison to August 2019. Money transfers from abroad equaled USD 184.2 mln (GEL 566.2 mln) in August which is USD 37.8 mln more than the volume of money transfers in August last year. 

An overwhelming majority, 95.1%, of money transfers from abroad came from 19 of the largest partner countries; the volume of transfers from each exceeded USD 1 mln in August 2020. The share of the total volume of money transfers of the same 19 countries constituted 93.4% in August 2019. 

In addition, USD 23.1 mln (GEL 71.1 mln) was transferred from Georgia abroad in August 2020 – a 21% increase in comparison to the USD 19 mln sent abroad in August 2019.

11:15 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 11 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 11 more recoveries, taking the number of recoveries to 1,381. The tally of total confirmed cases to date stands at 2562, while the number of active cases is at 1136. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Records 7th Fatality

Moscow-backed authorities in occupied Abkhazia reported the 7th COVID-19-related fatality today. According to media reports, the emergency medical service found an 84-year-old woman, who had been undergoing home treatment, with acute shortness of breath and critically low oxygen levels. On the way to the hospital, the patient suffered cardiac arrest and the doctors could not resuscitate her. A test taken following her death confirmed she was COVID-positive.

11:00 GMT+4 – Ezugbaia on Origins of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 170 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, 124 were confirmed in Batumi; 20 in Tbilisi; 13 in Kutaisi; 6 in Zugdidi; 3 in Ozurgeti; 3 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 1 in Tsageri.

10:45 GMT+4 – 170 New Cases, Highest Daily Spike

Georgia reports 170 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily spike recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2562. 

10:00 GMT+4 – Russia Lifts Travel Restrictions for Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree to lift the travel restrictions with occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. 

“Russia is opening the border with South Ossetia, as well as lifting restrictions for certain specialists on entry into and departure from the country imposed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection,” the press service of the cabinet said.

Monday, September 14

19:30 GMT +4 – 18 New Cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 674. With 186 recoveries and 6 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 482. 

15:00 GMT + 4  – Adjara Gov’t Postpones Classroom Attendance in Khulo, Shuakhevi and Keda

Deputy Speaker of the Adjara government announced that classroom attendance in schools in Khulo, Shuakhevi, and Keda will be postponed until October 1. Distance learning in Adjara will begin tomorrow.

The decision comes after a single resource center employee in the Adjara highlands tested positive for COVID-19.

15:00 GMT + 4 – Additional Checkpoints Installed, Classroom Attendance Postponed in Matani, Zoti, Chkhakaura and Kitsnisi

Head of the Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili announced that checkpoints for thermal screening and testing have been installed in the village of Matani in the Akhmeta Municipality, in the villages of Zoti and Chkhakaura in the Chokhatauri Municipality, and in the village of Kitsnisi in the Gori Municipality due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. All entering and exiting the villages must undergo a temperature check and testing at the checkpoints, though no lockdown or strict quarantine measures have been imposed. 

Schools in the villages mentioned above will also make use of distance learning until October 1. The measure of postponing classroom attendance is already in place in major Georgian cities.  

11:30 GMT +4 – Ezugbaia on Origins of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 165 infections diagnosed over last 24 hours, 109 were confirmed in Batumi; 17 in Tbilisi; 9 in Zugdidi; 9 in Gardabani; 6 in Gori; 6 in Gurjaani; 4 in Ozurgeti; 4 in Kutaisi; 1 in Mtskheta.

Marina Ezugbaia noted that infections in Gori and Akhmeta Municipality were related to a wedding held on September 5, that some 100 people attended. Ezugbaia urged people to refrain from attending large-scale social events.

10:30 GMT +4 – Checkpoints Installed in Akhmeta Municipality

Police installed checkpoints for thermal screening and testing in the village of Matani in Akhmeta Municipality, in the Kakheti region. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, any person entering or exiting the village will undergo testing and a temperature check. Interior Ministry notes that lockdown or other strict quarantine measures are not being imposed in Matani or other villages of Akhmeta Municipality.

10:00 GMT +4 – 165 New Cases

Georgia has reported 165 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2,392. One more patient has recovered as of today, bringing the number of recoveries to 1,370. The number of active cases to date stands at 977. 

Sunday, September 13

19:15 GMT +4 – 16 New Cases, 16 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 656. In the meantime, 16 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 186. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 464. 

12:30 GMT+4 – MP Gedevan Popkhadze Tests Positive for COVID-19 

Independent MP Gedevan Popkhadze has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement made by Solidarity Alliance of Georgia.  

Gedevan Popkhadze is a former member of the Georgian Dream and one of the founding members of the Solidarity Alliance of Georgia party. Another member, Levan Gogichaishvili, was also recently diagnosed with COVID-19. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 152 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 152 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2,227. In the meantime, six more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,369. The number of active cases to date stands at 813. 

Saturday, September 12

19:00 GMT+4 – 30 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 640. In the meantime, five more patient has recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 170. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 464. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 158 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 158 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily jump for the country since the start of the pandemic, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 2075. In the meantime, 9 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1368. The number of active cases stands at 667. 

Friday, September 11

19:30 GMT+4 – 38 New Cases, 1 More Recovery in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 38 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 610. In the meantime, one more patient has recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 165. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 439. 

16:30 GMT+4 – Around 2100 Teachers to be Tested on COVID-19

Around 2100 teachers who visited the high-risk Adjara region will be tested on COVID-19, NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze confirmed.

“Around 2100 teachers visited the Adjarian sea coast this summer. We have all of them recorded. The teachers have been sent the relevant information. We will test all of them, starting from today,” said Gamkrelidze. 

The NCDC chief also noted that the Center adopted a strategy of randomly investigating 45000 teachers countrywide in order to prevent them from going to schools infected.

15:00 GMT+4 – Classroom School, University Learning Postponed in Largest Cities 

The Interagency Coordination Council, tasked with managing the coronavirus pandemic, announced that physical attendance in schools and higher education institutions will be postponed in Tbilisi, Gori, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Zugdidi and Poti until October 1.

Starting from September 15, education institutions in the six cities will make use of distance learning for the first two weeks of the fall semester. The same measure was already in place for schools and higher education institutions in Batumi. 

PM Giorgi Gakharia stated that the two week period is necessary to “correctly assess current risks.” 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 87 infections recorded over the last 24 hours, 29 cases relate to the city of Batumi, Adjara region, and 5 more have a travel history to Adjara. 24 new infections are linked to a newly formed cluster in one of the schools in Kutaisi, Imereti region. 12 persons contracted the disease from earlier confirmed cases, 4 infections were imported, and 3 more cases were confirmed among medical staff. Source-tracing of 10 new infections is underway.

09:50 GMT+4 – 87 New Cases, Highest Daily Record, 20 More Recoveries Reported

NCDC Georgia has reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily spike since the start of the pandemic in late February. This brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1917. In the meantime, 20 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1354. The number of active cases to date stands at 518. 

Thursday, September 10

19:00 GMT+4 – Health Ministry Spent Over GEL 37 million on COVID-19 Preventive Measures in 6 Months

According to the state budget 6-month performance data published by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health spent more than GEL 37 million (USD 11.9 million) on COVID-19 preventive measures in the past six months.

18:15 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 572. In the meantime, six more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 164. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 402. 

17:00 GMT+4 – Checkpoints Installed in Two Villages of Tsageri Municipality

Police installed checkpoints for thermal screening and testing in the villages of Orbeli and Lajana in Tsageri Municipality, in the western Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region, as part of the government’s steps to prevent the spread of the virus. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Interior, each person entering or exiting respective villages will undergo testing and temperature checks. No lockdown or strict quarantine measures are imposed in the villages, police say.

13:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 6th COVID Fatality

Russia-backed Abkhaz authorities reported the sixth COVID-19-related fatality in Gudauta hospital. A 78-year-old patient, who also suffered from underlying diseases, including diabetes, hypertensive disease and chronic kidney disease, reportedly died after developing virus-induced double pneumonia on September 9. 

12:00 GMT+4 – Prime Minister Speaks of “Second Wave”

Speaking about the recent spike in infection cases at the government meeting today, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia noted that the second wave of the COVID-19 in Georgia is, as expected, starting in Autumn. Prime Minister assured there was “no reason to panic” as the situation is under control, recalling the rapid steps taken by the government “from the first day of the spread of the virus.”

11:00 GMT+4 – Ezugbaia on Origins of New Cases

As explained by Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 57 infections confirmed over the last 24 hours, 15 cases relate to the city of Batumi, with 5 additional cases from the Batumi confectionery cluster, and 4 more have a travel history to the Adjara region. 18 persons contracted the disease from earlier confirmed cases, 5 more medical workers were infected, and three cases were imported from abroad. According to Ezugbaia, a total of 25 out of 57 infections can be traced to the Adjara region, while source-tracing of 8 new cases is underway.

Also, the incidence rate (probability of occurrence of the virus over the last two weeks) has reportedly continued to grow overnight, with a nationwide rate of 10.2 infections per 100 000 persons (compared to 9 yesterday) and 52,9 in the Adjara region (47,8).

10:00 GMT+4 – 57 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1 830. In the meantime, 9 more patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1 334. The number of active cases to date stands at 451. 

Wednesday, September 9

20:00 GMT+4 – 21 More Cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 21 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 557. With 158 recoveries and 5 fatalities so far, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 394. 

18:00 GMT+4 – Parliament of Georgia Releases Statement on MP Testing Positive for COVID-19

According to a statement issued by the Parliament of Georgia, all who have come in contact with MP Levan Gogichaishvili after September 5 will undergo self-isolation and testing, as recommended by the NCDC. The parliament building will also be regularly disinfected. 

“The legislative body will continue to function in accordance with WTO and NCDC recommendations,” the statement reads. 

17:00 GMT+4 – MP Gogichaishvili Tests Positive for COVID-19

Independent MP Levan Gogichaishvili and his wife Vika Bukia, journalist at TV Pirveli, have both tested positive for the novel coronavirus, marking the first instance of the disease infecting a member of the Parliament. The source of the infection has yet to be identified.  

Levan Gogichaishvili is a former member of the Georgian Dream party, and one of the founding members of the Our Georgia – Solidarity Alliance party.

Following Gogichaishvili’s positive test result, Our Georgia – Solidarity Alliance has announced that the party will be temporarily pausing its pre-election campaign. All members of the party have been scheduled for testing.

12:00 GMT+4 – Government Reintroduces Several Restrictions

As announced in today’s press conference, due to a recent spike in infection cases, the reopening of cinemas and theaters, previously scheduled to take place during September 15 and October 1, will be postponed until November 1. The Government reintroduced the ban on large-scale social events, including weddings, funerals, birthdays, and other rites, both indoors and outdoors. Cultural and sports events involving over 200 attendants will also be banned. The new restrictions will not apply to election campaign events.

12:00 GMT+4 – Health Minister: Part of Patients to Сontinue Treatment in Hotels

Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze announced new Covid-19 management plans, saying that, starting today, part of the infected patients will be transferred to hotels to continue their treatment “under medical supervision”. Only asymptomatic patients from the 18-65 age group with no chronic underlying illnesses will be subject to the new rules, Minister noted, adding that three hotels in Tbilisi, Batumi (Adjara region), and Kutaisi (Imereti region) were made available to host COVID-19-infected persons.

12:00 GMT+4 – Gamkrelidze on Origins of New Cases

As explained by the Director of the NCDC Amiran Gamkrelidze during the press conference, 7 out of 44 new infections are connected to the confectionery cluster in Batumi, Adjara, 12 others are also linked with Batumi. 12 persons have contracted the virus from earlier confirmed cases, 2 others have a travel history to an epidemiological hotspot, while 5 cases have been imported from abroad. There are also three newly confirmed infections among the medical staff. Sources for 3 new infections are being traced. Another patient has been transferred for treatment from the region of Abkhazia, Gamkrelidze said, adding that 25 total new cases from today are connected to the Adjara region.

10:00 GMT+4 – 44 New Cases, 4 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 44 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1773. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1325. The number of active cases to date stands at 403, the highest since the start of the pandemic. 

Tuesday, September 8

20:00 – 20 New Cases, 1 More Recovery in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 536. In the meantime, one more patient has recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 158. The number of active cases in Georgia’s Russian-occupied region stands at 373. 

13:00 GMT+4 – CEC Press Speaker Addresses Voting from Quarantine

During a public briefing, CEC Press Speaker Ana Mikeladze announced that the Committee is considering ways to enable citizens undergoing mandatory quarantine to vote during the October elections. 

The press speaker highlighted that the issue remains to be undecided as CEC is currently waiting for feedback and recommendations from healthcare specialists on the matter.

“We have enough time to develop appropriate protocol and to inform the public. A polling station could be opened in quarantine areas and there could be a transferable ballot box”, Mikeladze said. The press speaker also stated that CEC is working towards providing all voters with face masks. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Ezugbaia Explains Breakdown of New Cases

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists today that out of 45 new COVID cases three are connected to confectionery in the city of Batumi in Adjara region, 19 have contracted the disease from other patients, 4 of them are medical workers in Aversi clinic in Rustavi, four cases are imported, including a truck driver, 12 patients had traveled to Adjara, the source of infection for three remaining cases are unknown for Georgian health authorities so far. 

In sum, 23 cases are connected to Adjara region, Ezugbaia remarked. She added that Adjara has become a ‘red zone’. 

10:10 GMT+4 – Record Daily 45 Cases, 6 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 45 new COVID cases today, a record single-day spike for the country since the outbreak of the pandemic. This brings Georgia’s tally of total confirmed cases to 1729. In the meantime, six more recoveries were reported, taking the number of recoveries to 1321. The number of active cases in the country (excluding Russian-occupied territories) to date stands at 363. 

Monday, September 7

16:30 GMT +4 – Khopi Market Employee, and Teacher in Batumi Test Positive for COVID-19

Director of the NCDC Amiran Gamkrelidze confirmed that an employee at the so-called Khopi Bazaar has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Gamkrelidze announced that the location is closed today, and that mandatory testing of market employees is scheduled for tomorrow. 

According to the deputy head of the Adjara Public Health Center, school teacher in Batumi has also tested positive for COVID-19. The teacher apparently came into contact with several colleagues during a meeting. All contacts have been identified and are undergoing PCR testing.  

15:30 GMT +4 – Mandatory Quarantine Period Reduced, PCR Tests Required for Foreigners

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced that the mandatory quarantine period will be reduced from 12 to 8 days. In addition, from September 15 onwards, all foreign citizens entering Georgia must present a mandatory 72-hour PCR test results.

The new PCR test measure will also affect foreign citizens entering Georgia based on the reciprocal principle, who were previously exempt from COVID-19 related cautionary measures.

“This is of crucial importance, so that we may ensure the health of our citizens and of our visitors, and better control the spread of the virus”, the PM said.

The Prime Minister also announced that schooling will take place online in educational institutions in Batumi and Kobuleti until October 1.

12:15 GMT+4 – Adjara TV Back on Air after Negative Test Results

Adjara TV, a Batumi-based public broadcaster which went off the air on September 5 following a confirmed COVID-19 infection case among the staff, announced its return to broadcasting.

The decision to renew the broadcasting came after the initial test results of some 300 employees had turned out negative.

12 persons have been quarantined following two days of contact tracing, the channel reported.

10:00 GMT+4 – 34 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 34 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1684. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 5, reaching 1315. The number of active cases to date stands at 342.

Sunday, September 6

19:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 14 More Cases, 1 New Fatality

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 14 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 516, while the number of recoveries remained at 157. In the meantime, another patient has died of infection, taking the number of COVID-related deaths to 5. As for today, there are 354 active cases in the region.

10:00 GMT+4 – 29 New Cases, 8 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 29 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1650. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 8 to 1310. The number of active cases to date stands at 313. 

Saturday, September 5

20:00 GMT+4 – 36 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that 36 more patients have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 502. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 157. The number of active cases in the region stands at 341. 

12:18 GMT+4 – Adjara TV Off the Air after Employee Tests Positive for COVID

The management of the Adjara TV, Batumi-based public broadcaster, decided to temporarily close the channel due to safety concerns following a confirmed infection case of an employee.

The future broadcasting format will be decided according to the testing results of more than 300 employees, the TV channel has reported.

Until then, the channel will be streaming the Georgian Public Broadcaster.   

10:00 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases, 8 More Recoveries

Georgia reported 25 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1621. In the meantime, 8 more patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1302. The number of active cases to date stands at 292. 

In Abkhazia, the tally of total confirmed cases stands at 466, of which 154 recovered and 4 died; the number of active cases in the Kremlin-backed region stands at 308. 

In central Georgia’s Moscow-backed Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, 90 cases were recorded, all of which have recovered. 

Friday, September 4

19:00 GMT+4 – 40 More Cases, 1 More Recovery in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 40 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 466. In the meantime, one more patient recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 154. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 308. 

12:25 – 90th Patient Recovers in Tskhinvali

Authorities in Georgia’s Russian-backed Tskhinvali region report that the last, 90th patient – a four-year-old that tested positive for the virus on August 30 –  has recovered. 

Since early May, Tkshinvali region/South Ossetia recorded 90 cases of the novel coronavirus, of which all of the patients had recovered. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 28 New Cases, 15 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 28 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1596. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 15 to 1294. The number of active cases to date stands at 275. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists today that of 28 new cases 12 belong to the cluster of Batumi confectionery (Adjara region), 3 contracted the disease from other COVID patients, 3 patients are medical workers from Aversi Clinic in Rustavi, 2 cases are imported, including one truck driver, 4 patients have contracted the disease while traveling in Adjara region. The health authorities are trying to uncover the source of infection for the remaining four cases, Ezugbaia added. 

Thursday, September 3

19:00 GMT+4 – 42 Cases, 12 More Recoveries in Abkhazia 

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported a record daily 42 cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 426. In the meantime, 12 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 153. The number of active cases in the region of less than a quarter-million people stands at 269. 

17:00 GMT+4 – Ministry of Health, Lugar Center Targetted in Cyber Attack

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia said “one of the foreign intelligence services” carried out a cyberattack against the Ministry of Health and the Lugar Center.

The cyber-attack carried out on the computer system of the Health Ministry, reportedly aimed at illegal appropriation and use of medical records and pandemic management information stored in the databases of the central office of the Ministry of Health and its structural units including the Lugar Center.

Interior Ministry reported that some of the authentic documents obtained as a result of the cyber-attack are being uploaded to a foreign website, together with inauthentic, deliberately falsified documents.

15:20 GMT +4 – Four Night Clubs Closed Down in Batumi

Georgian Labour Inspection suspended operating licenses of four popular night clubs in Batumi. The government agency stated that inspections conducted on September 2-3 found clubs Soho, Sector 26, UP2U and Conte  not compliant with COVID-19 recommendations approved by the Ministry of Health. The clubs were also fined in the amount of GEL 10,000 (USD 3,240).   

11:35 GMT+4 – Over 200 Foreigners Applied to “Work from Georgia”

The Prime Minister also spoke of “Work from Georgia” – a new initiative by the National Tourism Administration of Georgia designed to attract foreigners from 95 countries to work remotely from Georgia – a relatively virus-safe country – for at least 180 days. Giorgi Gakharia informed that 200 applications had already been submitted for the program and highlighted potential economic benefits of the program for Georgia.  

11:30 GMT+4 – Loan Subsidy Program for Hotel Businesses Extended

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced at the Government’s meeting that the loan subsidy program for companies involved in the hotel business will be extended from 6 to 12 months; besides, companies previously failed to join the program will now be allowed to do so from September 10 to October 10.

11:00 GMT+4 – 20 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1568. In the meantime, 9 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1279. The number of active cases to date stands at 262. 

Wednesday, September 2

19:00 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 25 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 384. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 138. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 38 New Cases, 17 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 38 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1548. In the meantime, 17 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1270. The number of active cases to date stands at 251. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists today that 22 of the 38 new patients belong to the cluster of confectionery in Batumi, western Georgia; as for the remaining 16 cases, 7 contracted the disease from the other patients, 4 were imported, while the source infection for five patients is unknown. 

06:00 GMT+4 – Quarantine Dropped in Town of Mestia, Village Lenjeri

The town of Mestia and the nearby village of Lenjeri in historic upper Svaneti province reopens after 22 days. 

Tuesday, September 1

19:00 GMT+4 – 29 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 29 cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 359. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 125. The number of active cases in Abkhazia to date stands at 230. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 23 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1510. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1253. The number of active cases to date, as counted by NCDC Georgia, stands at 240. 

Monday, August 31

20:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 330. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 206. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 18 New Cases, 19 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 18 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1487. In the meantime, 19 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 1240. 

Sunday, August 30

14:00 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali to Lift Travel Restrictions with Russia

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia said the region will lift months-long coronavirus travel restrictions with Russia starting from September 15. 

12:20 GMT+4 – One New Case in Tskhinvali 

Tskhinvali says 90th patient – a 4-year-old child – tested positive for COVID-19 in the region. This is the first time since July 17 for the Kremlin-backed region to confirm the new COVID case.

10:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 25 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1469. In the meantime, 25 more persons have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1221. 

Saturday, August 29

20:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have confirmed 7 new cases, which brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 315. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 120. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases

Seven new cases bring Georgia’s tally of total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1462. 

Friday, August 28

20:00 GMT+4 – 13 New cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia said they tested 67 persons for COVID, of which 13 tested positive for the virus. 13 new cases bring Abkhazia’s tally of total confirmed cases to 308. In the meantime, the occupied region’s health ministry said two Abkhaz patients were transferred to Dagomis, Russia for treatment. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 8 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1455. In the meantime, 6 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1196. 

Thursday, August 27

19:15 GMT+4 – 21 New Cases, 2 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 295. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 117. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 11 New Cases, 40 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1447. In the meantime, 40 more patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1190. 

Wednesday, August 26

21:00 GMT+4 – 12 New Cases, 14 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Sokhumi have reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 274. In the meantime, 14 patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 115. The number of active cases in Abkhazia to date stands at 155. 

12:00 GMT+4 – Timeline for Opening Cinemas, Theaters, Kindergartens Unveiled

Georgian authorities announced that kindergartens will resume starting from October 1. Cinemas and theaters will reopen starting from September 15 and October 1, respectively. 

11:30 GMT+4 – Mestia, Lenjeri to Reopen from September 2

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced that quarantined town Mestia and the nearby village of Lenjeri in historic Upper Svaneti province will reopen on September 2. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases Confirmed in Georgia

Georgia has reported 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 1436. 

Tuesday, August 25

21:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 262. The number of active cases in the Kremlin-backed region stands at 157. 

14:45 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Quarantines Village Labra

Abkhaz authorities decided to quarantine Labra village of Ochamchire district for 14 days, considering the fact that the latest COVID-19 victim was the fifth patient to test positive for the virus in the village. The report by the health ministry of the occupied region also stated that a part of village residents was already tested for the virus. 

14:40 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports Fourth COVID Death

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have announced that a man, 52, died of coronavirus complications in the village Labra of Ochamchire district on August 23. 

10:15 GMT+4 – 19th COVID Death Reported

Georgia reports 19th coronavirus related death. Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists that the deceased woman, taking COVID treatment at home, was an overweight hip fracture patient. The patient experienced fat embolism which caused the death, Ezugbaia said. The deceased woman belonged to the Lenjeri (upper Svaneti) cluster of patients, noted Marina Ezugbaia.

10:10 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1429. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1150. 

Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases told journalists today that one of the new patients belongs to Lenjeri cluster, two others contracted the virus from other patients, four cases, among them three truck drivers, were imported.  The remaining eighth newly-infected patient is a medical worker, Ezugbaia added. 

Monday, August 24

20:00 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 247. In the meantime, 9 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 101. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 143. 

18:15 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 18th Coronavirus Death

Georgia has reported 18th coronavirus death. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tall of total confirmed cases in the country to 1421. In the meantime, five more recoveries brought the overall number of recoveries to 1137. 

Sunday, August 23

13:15 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported that 8 more persons tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 242. In the meantime, 5 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 92. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 17 New Cases

Georgia has reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1411. 

Saturday, August 22

10:30 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 4 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 9 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1394. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1132. 

Friday, August 21

20:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases, 5 Recoveries in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed authorities in Georgia’s Abkhazia region have reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 234. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, which brings the number of recoveries to 87. The number of active cases in the region of less than a quarter-million people stands at 144. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 20 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1385. In the meantime, 20 more recoveries were reported, taking the number of recoveries to 1128. The number of active cases to date stands at 240. 

Thursday, August 20

21:30 GMT+4 – Turkish Airlines to Resume Tbilisi-Istanbul Flights from August 29 

Turkish Embassy in Tbilisi reported that Turkish Airlines will resume Tbilisi-Istanbul one way flights during August 29 – September 26 period. The flights will be performed once a week on early Saturday mornings at 03:55 AM. 

21:00 GMT+4 – Three New Cases, Two More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported three new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 224. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 2 to 82. The number of active cases to date in Abkhazia stands at 139. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 9 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1370. In the meantime, 10 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1108. The number of active cases to date stands at 245.

Wednesday, August 19

19:30 GMT+4 – 19 New Cases in Abkhazia

Abkhazia’s health authorities said they have tested 163 persons, of which 19 have tested COVID-positive. This brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 221. In the meantime, two patients, both children, have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 80. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 138. 

15:00 GMT+4 – WHO Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Abkhazia

The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered humanitarian aid to Abkhazia as the region is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Apsnypress reported. 

According to the report, the humanitarian cargo, including disinfectants, personal protective equipment, special suits and oxygen concentrators, will be delivered to Bacteriological Laboratory and the staff of the Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients. 

The WHO assistance was provided with the assistance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the overall coordination of Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.

The delivery was made possible with the financial support of the European Union and the USAID, the source added. 

14:30 GMT+4 – COVID Testing to be Expanded

The coronavirus task force decided to expand COVID-19 testing, which now should now become available for the personnel working in the service sector (employees in the hotels, cafes, bars, clubs) across the Black Sea coastline.  

NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze said at a news briefing today that the expanded tastings will begin tomorrow. 

He added that PCR testings will also become available in the Black Sea beach boulevard of Batumi, Georgia’s top summer destination, where holidaymakers will be allowed to check their virus status free of charge. 

14:00 GMT+4 – NCDC Says Sources of 10 Infection Cases Uknown

Georgia’s National Disease Control Center (NCDC) says sources for 10 coronavirus cases to date remains unknow for Georgian health authorities.

13:00 GMT+4 – Shutdown Lifts in Mestia Municipality, Except for Town Mestia, Lenjeri from August 21

Georgia’s coronavirus task force announced that the quarantine measures will be dropped in all settlements of Mestia Municipality, except for the hardest-hit town of Mestia and Lenjeri village starting from August 21. 

Due to high epidemiological risks, Mestia municipality was shut down on August 10.  

NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze said 3,509 people were tested in Mestia Municipality. In addition, Gamkrelidze stated, 1,246 persons that had travel history in Mestia have been tested for the virus. Out of a total of 4755 checked persons, 49 have tested positive for COVID-19.

10:05 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 10 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1361. In the meantime, six more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1098. The number of active cases to date stands at 246. 

Tuesday, August 18

20:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, One More Recovery in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five more cases of the novel coronavirus, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 202. In the meantime, one more patient recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 78. The number of active cases to date in Georgia’s Russian-occupied region stands at  121. 

18:00 GMT+4 – UNICEF Delivers Aid to Abkhazia

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered the second batch of humanitarian aid to medical-prophylactic and socially oriented institutions in Abkhazia, Sokhumi-based Apsnypress media outlet reported

According to the report, 29,000 medical masks, 58,000 surgical gloves, 500 gowns, 655 liters of liquid soap, 670 liters of hand sanitizer, 1085 liters of disinfectant for surface treatment, 80 pieces of non-contact thermometers were brought to Abkhazia as part of the second UNICEF’s delivery in total.

UNICEF delivered the first shipment of medical aid to Georgia’s Russian occupied region in May. 

10:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Confirms 10 New Cases

Georgia has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the number of total confirmed cases to 1351. The number of active cases to date stands at 242. 

Monday, August 17

20:15 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 8 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that 8 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the region, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 197. In the meantime, 8 more patients have recovered, taking the region’s number of recoveries to 77. The number of active cases to date in Abkhazia stands at 117. 

18:00 GMT+4 – UNDP Delivers Fifth Batch of Medical Aid to Abkhazia

Sokhumi-based media outlet Apsnypress reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) delivered the fifth batch of personal protective equipment for medical workers, as well as goods for a total of USD 26,200 to Gudauta hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients, on August 15. 

The humanitarian aid includes 2,000 bio-protective coveralls, 140 N95 respirators, 20 infrared thermometers, 10,000 nitrile gloves of various sizes, 4,000 shoe covers, 300 liters of hand sanitizer, 250 liters of disinfectant, 10 disinfectant mats and 250 liters of antibacterial hand soap. 

17:00 – Georgia Restricts Regular Flights Through September 

Georgia’s Civic Aviation Agency reported that the country restricts regular flights through September 30. The restrictions do not apply to recently resumed Munich, Paris and Riga flights. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia’s Health Authorities Appeal for COVID Medical Volunteers

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have appealed for volunteers to help doctors in Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients.

“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors in Abkhazia have been working hard, getting tired and sick. Today, there is a shortage of staff, as the number of patients has sharply increased,” occupied region’s health ministry reported on August 16.

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10:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Four More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1341. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1092. The number of active cases to date stands at 232. 

Sunday, August 16

12:35 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 3 Recoveries Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that seven more patients have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 189. In the meantime, three more patients were discharged from the hospital, which increases the number of recoveries to 69. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 117. 

Occupied region’s health ministry also reported that one of the patients, Abkhaz citizen, was “transferred abroad” for treatment. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 15 New Cases, Total 1,336

Georgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 1336. The number of active cases to date stands at 231. 

Saturday, August 15

10:30 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia reports 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1321. In the meantime, 3 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1088. The number of active cases stands at 216.

Friday, August 14

20:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 26 Cases, Record for Highest Daily Case Count

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 26 COVID-19 cases, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic outbreak. This brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 182.

In the meantime, eight patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 66. 

The number of Abkhazia’s active COVID-19 cases stands at 113.  

13:00 GMT+4 – Education Ministry Recommendations for Public Schools Ahead of New Academic Year

The school year for 2,084 public (secondary) schools will begin on September 15, according to the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science. The Ministry published today several recommendations the schools will have to observe amid pandemic. 

New guidelines for public schools include:

  • observing the one-meter distance between students;
  • all persons except for students are required to wear face-mask;
  • schools are required to have stocks of face-masks; 
  • cleaning restrooms after each and every break;
  • half an hour break between shifts, in case schools work in shifts; 
  • arranging a special temporary isolation room for the students with virus symptoms; 

Each school is entitled to decide individually the length of lessons, albeit the lessons should be no shorter than 30 minutes; The schools will now be allowed to commence study process at the most suitable time for them – 08:30, 08:45 or 09:00. 

The schools are allowed to introduce a mixed model – combining in-class and remote lessons – as well, in accordance with the Education Ministry. For V-VI graders the schools can have a day of remote classes per week; VII-XI graders can have not more than two days per week for online classes, while XII graders are allowed to have a maximum of three days of online classes in a week. 

09:45 GMT+4 – 23 New Cases, 17 More Recoveries

Georgia reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1306. In the meantime, 17 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1085. The number of active cases stands at 204.

Thursday, August 13

20:00 GMT+4 – One New Case, 7 More Recoveries Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia report one new case of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 156. In the meantime, 7 new patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 58. 

09:30 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Ten More Recoveries

Georgia reports five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1283. In the meantime, ten more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1068. The number of active cases stands at 198.

Wednesday, August 12

19:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, One More Recovery Reported in Abkhazia

Authorities in Kremlin-backed Abkhazia have reported 7 new cases of the novel coronavirus, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 155. In the meantime, one more patient recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 51. The number of active cases to date stands at 101.

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 14 New Cases, Four More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 1278. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 1058. The number of active cases to date stands at 203. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 14 new cases 12 belong to cluster of patients of Lenjeri, Mestia municipality (upper Svaneti). The sources of cases for two patients are unknown, she added. 

Tuesday, August 11

20:00 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 148. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 50. The region’s number of active cases stands at 95. 

Abkhazia is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 110 coronavirus cases being reported since July 21. 

10:40 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali: All Patients Recovered

Moscow-backed authorities of Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia have reported that all of the COVID-19 patients have now been discharged from the hospital. Tskhinvali recorded a total of 89 coronavirus cases since early May. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 14 New Cases, 44 More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 14 new cases, that brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1264. In the meantime, 44 new recoveries were reported, taking the number of recoveries to 1054. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 14 new cases two are from the cluster of patients from Gachiani village of southern Gardabani municipality, nine are the contacts of other patients, while remaining three cases are imported. 

Speaking of a sharp number of recoveries, Ezugbaia said the majority of newly recovered patients – without specifying an exact number – are Georgian servicemen who were repatriated from Afghanistan for COVID-19 treatment. 

Georgia repatriated 38 COVID-positive soldiers from Afghanistan in July, of which eight were recovered the previous month. 

Monday, August 10

21:00 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 7 More Recoveries Reported in Abkhazia

Occupied Abkhazia has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 143. In the meantime, seven more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 45. The number of active cases to date stands at 95. 

The region is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 105 cases being reported since July 21. 

15:00 GMT+4 – Government Shuts Down Upper Svaneti

Due to high epidemiological risks – namely, after revealing at least 16 cases of COVID-19 in the area in the last two days – Georgia will shut down Mestia Municipality (historic upper Svaneti province), the country’s sought after tourism destination. Leaving and entering Mestia municipality will be banned, according to the coronavirus task force. 

The Government will impose stricter quarantine restrictions in the village Lenjeri and Ushguli community, locations of COVID outbreak in upper Svaneti. The government will in addition halt movement between the town of Mestia and its surrounding villages. 

The health authorities are tasked to pursue intensive epidemiological research in the area, while police are set to enforce movement restrictions to and from the municipality. 

In the meantime, the Government decided to send all of the tourists visiting the municipality to quarantine zones.

13:30 – Village Karajalari Reopened

Quarantined village Karajalari south to Tbilisi reopened today following 17-days-long closure.

The government decided to shut down the village on July 24. Governor of Kvemo Kartli, Shota Rekhviashvili then said that the authorities were forced to take restrictive measures as they failed to convince locals on the need for COVID-19 testing. 

According to the Georgian national census of 2014, Karajalari, an ethnic-Azeri majority village, is home to 4,136 inhabitants.

10:00 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 25 new cases of a novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1250. In the meantime, 10 more recoveries take the overall number of recoveries to 1010. The number of active cases to date stands at 223. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of newly confirmed 25 cases, one was revealed in Gachiani, southern Gardabani Municipality, one patient was transferred from occupied Abkhazia, five cases were imported, 16 are the contacts of other COVID patients, one is a medical worker, while health authorities are now trying to detect the source for remaining one case. 

In the meantime, Nino Vibliani, Deputy Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region told journalists that out of 25 new cases 17 were confirmed in Zemo (upper) Svaneti province. 

Sunday, August 9

19:30 GMT+4 – Russian Doctors Arrive in Sokhumi as Cases Surge in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported that a group of five doctors from Sechenov First Moscow State University has arrived in the region to help Abkhaz doctors treat COVID-19 patients. 

Since April, Abkhazia has reported 134 COVID-19 cases, of which 38 have recovered and 3 died. The number of active cases in the region of less than a quarter-million people stands at 93. 

The region is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 96 cases being reported since July 21. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases, Four New Recoveries

Georgia reports nine new cases, which brings the number of total confirmed cases to 1225. Four more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries to 1000. The number of active cases to date stands at 208. 

Saturday, August 8

20:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 14 New Cases, One More Recovery

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 134. Amongst the new patients is the tourist having recently arrived in the occupied region after Abkhazia’s lifting travel restrictions with Russia. The patient was reportedly sent to Russia for treatment. 

In the meantime, one more patient has recovered, bringing the number of recoveries in the region to 38.

The number of active cases in Abkhazia to date stands at 93. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Three New Cases, Two More Recoveries

Georgia has reported two new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1216. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 996. The number of active cases to date stands at 203.

Friday, August 7

18:45 GMT+4 – Six New Cases Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 120. 

11:30 GMT+4 – Seven New Cases, Seven More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1213. In the meantime, 7 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 994. The number of active cases to date stands at 202. 

Thursday, August 6

18:40 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Confirms Five New Cases, Total Hits 114

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia said that out of 96 tests conducted five have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 114. 

11:30 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Unveils Further Anti-Crisis Measures

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced additional anti-crisis measures to tackle economic and social challenges amid the coronavirus fallout. The third stage of the anti-crisis plan – worth of GEL 410 million (USD 132 Million), of which GEL 130 million was allocated from StopCov fund – entails a social assistance package for individuals, including helping children and students as well as covering utility fees for the households. 

The Government will offer one-off assistance of GEL 200 (USD 65) to children under 17.

In the meantime, the state will cover a semester tuition-fee – GEL 1125 / USD 365 – for the students whose families have received less than 150,000 points in the system for socially vulnerable persons. The students belonging to the same category, who had their student status suspended due to financial difficulties, will receive a full-tuition waiver – GEL 2250 / USD 730 – for the academic year 2020-21. 

As stated by the Prime Minister, the Government will also cover utility fees for the households consuming less than 200 cubic meters of gas and 200 kilowatts of electricity per month in November, December, January, and February.

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10:30 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia reports nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1206. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 987. The number of active cases to date stands at 202. 

Wednesday, August 5

19:25 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Confirms Two New Cases, Total – 109 

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported two new cases, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 109. The number of active cases in Abkhazia reportedly stands at 69. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 12 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1197. In the meantime, 12 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 974. To date, the number of active cases stands at 206. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 15 new cases 4 were confirmed in Gachiani village of Gardabani Municipality, Georgia’s new COVID hotspot, 3 are imported cases, four contracted the disease from other patients and one of them is a medical worker. The health authorities are working to uncover sources for the remaining three cases, she added. 

Tuesday, August 4

19:00 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that through conducting 88 tests, nine new cases of COVID-19 were revealed, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 107. The number of active cases stands at 67. 

10:30 GMT+4 –  Three New Cases, Three More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported three new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1182. In the meantime, three more persons have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 962. The number of active cases to date stands at 203. 

Monday, August 3

09:30 GMT+4 – Two New Cases, Four More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported two new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1179. In the meantime, four more persons have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 959. The number of active cases to date stands at 203. 

Sunday, August 2

10:30 GMT+4 – Six New Cases, Eight More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s tally of total confirmed cases to 1177. In the meantime, eight more patients have recovered, taking the overall number of recoveries to 955. The number of active cases to date stands at 205.

Saturday, August 1

21:00 GMT+4 – 14 More Cases Revealed in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in occupied Abkhazia have recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 98. 

17:00 GMT+4 – Moscow, Sokhumi Lift Travel Restrictions

Abkhazia lifted all four-months-long travel restrictions with the Russian Federation. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also signed the order earlier today, reopening Russia to Georgia’s Black Sea region.

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10:15 GMT+4 – Georgia Confirms 3 New Cases, 7 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1171. In the meantime, seven more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 947. The number of active cases to date stands at 207. 

Friday, July 31

22:50 GMT+4 – Bzhania Says Moscow, Sokhumi to Lift Travel Restrictions

Aslan Bzhania, leader of Russian occupied Abkhazia, who is visiting Moscow since yesterday, said the decision was taken to reopen the “Abkhaz-Russian border,” local media reported

The details and mechanisms on how to implement the decision of the reopening are under discussion, the same report noted. 

Earlier today Russian coronavirus task force decided to lift travel restrictions with the occupied region from August 1. 

Sokhumi has previously extended travel restrictions with Moscow through August 4. 

21:20 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Confirms Three New Cases

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 84. The number of reported active cases in the region, to date, stands at 44.

18:37 GMT+4 – Third COVID-related Death in Abkhazia 

A 79-year-old patient with a confirmed coronavirus infection died of respiratory and cardiovascular failure at the Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s major medical facility treating COVID-19 patients. 

According to Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities, the patient was admitted to the Gudauta hospital from the cardiology department of the Sokhumi Hospital on July 26. 

18:00 GMT+4 – TBC Bank Report Takes Stock of Recovery 

TBC bank released its weekly “Tracking the Recovery” report, which shows that year-on-year change in mortgages stood at 7% in the week ending on 29th July, adding that with mortgages issued since July 6, 30% are beneficiaries of the state subsidy program.

The report also noted that reservations for July indicate a 4% occupancy in Tbilisi, 15% in Batumi, 37% in Kakheti and 19% in other regions
(including Kutaisi, Borjomi, Stepantsminda/Kazbegi).

It also highlighted that improvement was noticed in non-cash spending in restaurants, with the growth standing at -23% in the fourth week of July.

The inflow of remittances in TBC bank remained on the positive growth territory, standing at +18% year-on-year during 20-26 July, it stressed. 

Screengrab from the report about remittance inflows

09:25 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 8 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries

NCDC Georgia has reported 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1168. In the meantime, five new patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 940. The number of active cases to date stands at 211. 

Thursday, July 30

21:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 10 New Cases

Authorities in Russian-occupied Abkhazia have reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 81. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 42.

10:30 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Six More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1160. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by six to 935. The number of active cases to date stands at 208. 

Wednesday, July 29

23:00 GMT+4 – Eight New Cases Reported in Abkhazia 

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported eight new cases of COVID-19, bringing region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 71. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 32. 

21:20 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 17th Coronavirus Death

Georgia has reported 17th coronavirus-related death. 

12:20 GMT+4 – Abkhaz Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Abkhaz speaker Valery Kvarchia told Sokhumi-based media that one of the deputies of occupied Abkhazia’s parliament was diagnosed with COVID-19. All of the Abkhaz deputies have already tested for the virus, they are now expecting the results in the nearest future. 

The Moscow-backed region has confirmed a total of cases to 63, of which 37 patients have recovered and two died. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases, Two More Recoveries Recorded

Georgia has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1155. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 929. To date, the number of active cases stands at 210. 

Tuesday, July 28

21:26 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Extends Travel Restrictions with Russia through August 4

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have extended travel restrictions with Russia for one more week through August 4, local media outlet ApsnyPress reported

19:50 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Reports Six New Cases

Abkhazia has reported six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 63, of which 37 patients have recovered and two died. 

14:00 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali to Extend Travel Restrictions with Russia through August 31

Authorities of Russian-occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia will extend travel restrictions with the Russian Federation through August 31, local media outlet RES reported. The current restriction measure expires on July 31. 

 According to the same source, to date, the region recorded 89 cases of COVID-19, of which 87 patients have already recovered.  

13:00 – Tbilisi-Riga Flights to Resume from August 5 

AirBaltic will resume weekly Tbilisi-Riga flights starting from August 5, according to Natia Turnava, the Georgian Economy Minister.

Depending on the epidemiological situation the airline carrier might be allowed to perform flights twice a week starting from August 20, Minister Turnava added. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Eight New Cases, Five More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported eight new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1145. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, taking the number of total recoveries to 927. The number of active cases to date stands at 202.

Monday, July 27

21:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports Two New Cases, Total Hits 57

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 57. The number of active cases recorded in the region to date stands at 18. 

10:00 GMT+4 – Six New Cases, Two More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported six new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1137. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 922. The number of active cases to date stands at 199. 

Sunday, July 26

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 14 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1131. In the meantime, three more persons have recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 920. The number of active cases to date stands at 195. 

09:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Reports Second Coronavirus-related Death

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported the second coronavirus related death in the region. The patient died of a repeated heart attack in Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients. There the patient was transferred a day earlier from Sokhumi hospital, where she/he was treated for chronic cardiac disease, Abkhaz authorities noted. 

Saturday, July 25

23:30 GMT+4 – Seven More Cases Recorded in Abkhazia

Authorities of occupied Abkhazia have confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 55. 

12:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Confirms Three New Cases

Moscow-backed authorities of Abkhazia have confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 48. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 13 New Cases, Five More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 13 new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1117. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 917. The number of active cases to date stands at 184. 

10:00 GMT+4 – EU, WHO Deliver Critical Supplies for Health Workers in Georgia

The European Union and World Health Organization handed over to the Georgian Health Ministry 1,5 million pieces of personal protective equipment, including 5,000 face shields, 13,200 protective goggles, 30,000 isolation gowns, 1,000,000 medical masks, and 328,000 respirator masks.

The delivery, funded by the EU and procured by WHO, should enable Georgia’s frontline health-care workers to continue responding effectively and safely to the COVID-19 pandemic, noted the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia. 

Friday, July 24

11:30 GMT+4 – Authorities Begin Mass Testing in Lilo Mall 

Georgian health authorities begin mass testing of vendors of Lilo Mall after four employees of one of Tbilisi’s largest bazaars tested positive for COVID-19 on July 23.

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 19 new cases reported this morning, 8 are connected to Lilo Mall. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Georgia Shuts Down Village Karajalari Near Tbilisi

Georgian authorities announced today about shutting down village Karajalari of southern Gardabani Municipality, adjacent to the capital city of Tbilisi, citing high epidemiological risks. 

Police announced that it erected checkpoints at entry/exit points of the village to ensure the enforcement of the imposed quarantine restrictions. 

Governor of Kvemo Kartli, Shota Rekhviashvili said the authorities were forced to take measures as they failed to convince locals on the need for COVID-19 testing. “We estimated to carry out 700 tests daily, but we could not even complete 200,” the Governor stated.

According to the Georgian national census of 2014, Karajalari, an ethnic-Azeri majority village, is home to 4,136 inhabitants.

11:05 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Reports Five New Cases

Russian-occupied Abkhazia reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 45. The five new patients are patients and medical workers of Sokhumi hospital, where they contracted the disease from a patient who tested positive on the virus on July 22. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Records 19 New Cases, 1 More Recovery

Georgia reported 19 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 1104. In the meantime, one more patient has recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 912. The number of active cases to date stands at 176. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 19 new cases, 8 are connected to Lilo Mall nearby Tbilisi, 5 were recorded in village Gachiani of Gardabani Municipality, two cases were imported (with one of them being a truck driver) and one of them is a medical worker. The health authorities are working to uncover sources for three cases, she added. 

Thursday, July 23

12:00 GMT+4 – Study Reveals Public Opinion on the Coronavirus in Georgia

The Caucasus Research Resources Center (CRRC) Georgia released a report today on public opinion in Georgia on the public health crisis. The report covered a wide range of issues from disinformation to support of the Government’s coronavirus policies and food security. 

According to CRRC data, the vast majority of Georgians supported the vast majority of the policies which the Government implemented during the crisis. 

The public’s assessments of the performance of a wide range of institutions became more positive during the pandemic, with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia’s approval roughly tripling compared with November/December 2019, CRRC noted. 

The study also found that “between a third and a quarter of the population lost a job during the crisis” and median household incomes roughly halved. The majority of households experienced at least some level of food insecurity during the pandemic, CRRC added. 

CRRC Georgia also highlighted that the public favored opening up the economy rather than exercising caution. The report also found that few people believe that there will be a second wave of the virus and that there would be less support for the government’s imposed restrictions on different freedoms if a second wave occurred.

The report stressed that misinformation was present but not widespread during the crisis, with 9% of the public believing that 5G infrastructure spreads the coronavirus. There is widespread misinformation around vaccines in Georgia, it added. 

Importantly, regarding the Orthodox Church’s Easter Liturgy controversy, the report revealed that only 4% of Georgian Orthodox Christian believers attended Easter Vigil, as opposed to 44% the year before;

In this regard, the report added that Orthodox Georgians also tend to disapprove of the Church’s policy on the shared Communion Spoon. 

In particular, 33% of Orthodox Christians approved of the communal spoon policy, 43% disapproved, and 21% were uncertain. Interestingly, older people (55+) are more disapproving of the policy (51%) than younger people (39%), CRRC stated.

The study, funded by the Dutch Embassy, includes six waves of data collection, carried out by CRRC Georgia between late April and early June, with each survey conducted weekly. 6215 respondents were interviewed in total during six waves, with the margin of error per each wave standing at 3.0% or 3.1%. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 12 New Cases, Four More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, taking he tally of total confirmed cases to 1089. In the meantime, four more recoveries were recorded, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 911. The number of active cases to date stands at 158. 

Wednesday, July 22

22:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Reports Two New Cases

Abkhazia has reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 40, according to the health ministry of the occupied region. One of the patients is an Abkhaz citizen who tested positive for COVID while undergoing treatment in Sokhumi hospital, after having returned from Russia’s Krasnodar, where she/he went for healthcare reasons. The second patient is reportedly an Armenian citizen who tested positive in the nearby Russian city of Sochi right after having visited Abkhazia for work purposes. 

18:00 – Japan Allocates USD 2.8 Million for Georgia to Purchase High-Technology medical Equipment 

Japan has allocated USD 2.8 million for Georgia to obtain high-technology medical equipment. Georgian Finance Minister Ivane Machavariani and Japanese Ambassador to Georgia Tadaharu Uehara signed the relevant agreement today. 

“The medical assistance by the Government of Japan is not temporary aid against COVID 19, but aims to use this unprecedented pandemic crisis in order to contribute to Georgia’s medium and long term socio-economic development, including enhancement of the medical system,” noted the press release by the Japanese Embassy to Georgia. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 24 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries 

Georgia has reported 24 new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1073. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 907. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 24 new cases 7 are imported cases (truck drivers), 5 have contracted the virus from other Georgian patients, 10 patients are from Gardabani municipality, Georgia’s new COVID-19 hotspot, while the source of infection for two patients are unknown for the Georgian health authorities so far. 

Tuesday, July 21

18:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Extends Travel Restrictions with Russia

Occupied Abkhazia extended travel restrictions with Russia until July 28.

14:10 GMT+4  – Gov’t Expands Testing in Southern Gardabani Municipality 

The Government decided to expand coronavirus testing in southern Gardabani municipality, which has recently seen a spike in COVID cases, instead of imposing quarantine measures in the district. NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze said after the coronavirus task force meeting today that 6 groups of medics are already deployed in the municipality for that reason.

The new measures include carrying out thermal screenings at entry/exit points of the town of Gardabani, as well as at those villages that recorded a surge in coronavirus cases. 

NCDC Head added that to date Georgia conducted 182, 000 PCR and 116, 000 rapid tests. 

14:00 GMT+4 – Paris Flights to Resume from August 

Georgian Economy Minister Natia Turnava told journalists following the coronavirus task force meeting that Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi direct flights will resume starting in August. 

Georgian Civic Aviation Agency specified yesterday AirFrance will conduct flights twice a week starting from August 8. 

Georgian Economy Minister added that the negotiations are underway with Air Baltic for restarting Riga flights. 

Minister Turnava also said that Georgia will maintain a ban on regular flights throughout August, except for the flights connecting the country to five nations – Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia – that Georgia unconditionally opened its borders earlier this month

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 10 New Cases, Three More Recoveries

Georgia has reported ten new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1049. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 903. The number of active cases to date stands at 130. 

Monday, July 20

15:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 16th Coronavirus Death

Georgia has reported 16th coronavirus-related death, state-run website StopCov.ge reported. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 11 New Cases, One More Recovery

Georgia has reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1039. In the meantime, one more patient has recovered that brings the number of recoveries to 900. The number of active cases to date stands at 124.

Sunday, July 19

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 10 New Cases, 4 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported ten new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 1028. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 899. The number of active cases to date stands at 114. 

Saturday, July 18

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 8 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 1018. In the meantime, 10 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 895. The number of active cases to date stands at 108. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of the eight new cases, three are imported cases (with one of them being a truck driver) and three have contracted the disease from the patients who have tested for COVID-19 earlier. The health authorities are still tracing the source of infection for the two other new cases, she added. 

Friday, July 17

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Repatriates 10 More COVID-positive Servicemen from Afghanistan

The Georgian Defense Ministry reported that 10 more Georgian servicemen on rotation in the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The servicemen were repatriated to Georgia by the German Air Force this morning, the Ministry noted. 

They have tested positive for the disease together with the 28 servicemen that were repatriated to Georgia on July 10, said the Ministry. 38 Georgian servicemen belong to the same cluster of patients, with local Afghan personnel as the source of their infection, it added. 

The Ministry also noted that 8 patients from the 28 servicemen repatriated have already recovered. The servicemen are undergoing COVID-19 treatment in Gori Military Hospital. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Report Two New Cases

Russian-occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia authorities have reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 89, according to RES news agency. The number of active cases in the occupied region to date stands at four. 

10:10 GMT+4 – Four New Cases, Two More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported four new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1010. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 885. To date, the number of active cases stands at 110. 

Thursday, July 16

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Confirms 3 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries

Georgia reports three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1006. In the meantime, 10 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 883. The number of active cases to date stands at 108. 

Wednesday, July 15

15:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Extends Travel Restrictions with Russia through July 21 

Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, Aslan Bzhania signed amendments to order of June 30, extending travel restrictions with Russia until July 21.

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports Four New Cases, Three More Recoveries

Georgia reports four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1003. In the meantime, three new recoveries were recorded, taking the number of overall recoveries 873. The number of active cases to date stands at 115. 

Tuesday, July 14

20:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Says No Active Cases Left

Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported that the last remaining two COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus. The two patients – returning Abkhaz cadets of Russian military higher educations – have been discharged from Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility to treat COVID-19 patients. 

Russian-occupied Abkhazia reported the first coronavirus case on April 7. According to Abkhaz reports, the region has confirmed a total of 38 COVID-19 cases, of which 37 have recovered and one died.  

11:00 GMT+4 – Four New Cases, 13 More Recoveries

Georgia reports four new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 999. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 870. The number of active cases to date stands at 114. 

Monday, July 13

10:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 9 New Cases; Active Cases Rise to 123

Georgia reports nine new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 995. The number of active cases to date stands at 123.

Sunday, July 12

10:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 5 New Cases, 6 Recoveries

Georgia reports five new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 986. In the meantime, six more patients have recovered, taking the tally of recoveries to 857. The number of active cases to date stands at 114. 

Saturday, July 11

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Records 8 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries

Georgia confirms eight new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 981. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 851. The number of active cases to date stands at 115. 

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalist today that out of the eight new COVID-19 patients, 3 have tested positive while undergoing a mandatory quarantine, while the five other people have contracted the disease from the other Georgian patients.  

Friday, July 10

16:45 GMT+4 – Abkhaz to Open ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ for Returning Residents

The Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities will open a humanitarian corridor for its ”citizens” returning to the region from Georgia proper, Abkhaz media reported. The Abkhaz authorities will open the Enguri crossing point from July 13 through July 17, during 10:00 – 20:00 (Tbilisi time). 

16:30 GMT+4 – Ombudsman’s Office Releases Monitoring Report of Quarantine Spaces During Pandemic

The Public Defender’s Office released a monitoring report of quarantine spaces carried out by its Special Preventive Group in March-May 2020, based on detailed interviews with 112 respondents at 41 hotels.

According to the Office, most of the respondents said that the law enforcement officers, medical and hotel staff treated them “ethically.” However, shortcomings in food and water supply during long transportation and airport delays were also mentioned.

The monitoring showed that most of the respondents were placed alone, were not offered any activities during the day, were not allowed to leave the room, and about half of them did not have a balcony.

“The monitoring made it clear that persons in the quarantine space were rarely provided with written or oral information on the reason for their transfer to the quarantine space, their rights, duties or complaints mechanisms,” the Office said.

It also added that “since no expedited procedure for reviewing a case has been established, the use of a complaints mechanism may be meaningless as the decision may be made after the quarantine period expires.”

16:00 GMT+4 – University Entrant Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Unified National Exams

A university entrant, who passed the Unified National Exams on July 7, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Head of the National Disease Control Center (NCDC), Amiran Gamkrelidze reported earlier today.

Gamkrelidze added that late yesterday he had communication with the Education Ministry and the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC) to prevent further spread of the infection by isolating those entrants who passed exams with the infected individual.

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports Five New Cases, Two More Recoveries

Georgia reports five new cases of the novel coronavirus, increasing the total confirmed cases to 973. In the meantime, five more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 846. The number of active cases stands at 112. 

10:23 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Confirms Two New Cases

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the region’s total confirmed cases to 87, according to RES news agency. The two new patients have returned to Tskhinvali region from North Ossetia, the Russian Federation. The two patients have been undergoing mandatory quarantine as they tested positive for the virus. 

With 85 patients having recovered, the occupied region’s number of active cases now stands at 2. 

Thursday, July 9

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports Five New Cases, Three More Recoveries

Georgia reports five new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total confirmed cases to 968. In the meantime, three more recoveries were recorded, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 844. The number of active cases stands at 109. 

Wednesday, July 8

11:05 GMT+4 – Georgia to Reopen ‘Unconditionally’ for Germany, France, Baltic States

Georgia will unconditionally reopen its borders to the citizens of five EU countries – Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – arriving via direct flights, Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Irakli Chikovani announced after the meeting of the coronavirus task force. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Three More Recoveries Reported

Georgia reports five new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 963. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 841.

Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalist today that four out of the five new cases are imported cases – with three being the truck drivers and one patient having tested positive for COVID-19 while undergoing mandatory quarantine. The fifth case represents a community transmission, she added.  

Tuesday, July 7

10:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Eight More Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported five new cases of COVID-19, increasing the number of total confirmed cases in the country to 958. Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists today that out of the five new patients three are the truck drivers, while the two others are Georgian citizens that have confirmed positive for COVID-19 during two weeks long mandatory quarantine, as they have recently returned to the country from neighboring Armenia. 

In the meantime, eight more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 838. The number of active cases stands at 105. 

Monday, July 6 

14:01 GMT+4 – Conferences, Training in Indoors Allowed

The coronavirus task force announces that holding conferences and training activities taking place indoors are allowed effective from today. 

14:00 GMT+4 – Gyms, Swimming Pools to Reopen

Gyms and swimming pools that will meet the special regulations will be allowed to reopen, the coronavirus task force led by Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced today. With no universal timetable of reopening revealed, the facilities will open after the examination carried out by the Labor Inspection Service. 

11:00 GMT+4 – All Patients Recovered, Tskhinvali Says

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported that all 85 COVID-19 patients have now recovered, according to RES news agency. No COVID-related deaths were reported in the region. 

Tskhinvali confirmed the first three cases of the novel coronavirus on May 5. 

10:00 GMT+4 – Two New Cases, Two More Recoveries

Georgia has reported two new cases of COVID-19, increasing the number of total confirmed cases in the country to 953. Two more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 830. The number of active cases stands at 108. 

Sunday, July 5

10:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Three More Recoveries 

Georgia has reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus in the country, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 951. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by three to 828. 

Saturday, July 4

10:30 GMT+4 – Three New Cases, Four Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus, increasing the number of total confirmed cases to 946. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the number of overall recoveries to 825. To date, the number of active cases stand at 106. 

Friday, July 3

11:00 GMT+4 – Four New Cases, Four Recoveries Reported

Georgia reports four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 943. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the overall number of recoveries to 821. The number of active cases stand at 107. 

Thursday, July 2

11:00 GMT+4 – 8 More Cases, 23 Recoveries Reported

Georgia has reported 8 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 939, according to StopCov.ge. In the meantime, 23 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 817.

Wednesday, July 1

10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Registers 3 New Cases

Three more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection in Georgia, taking the total to 931, according to stopcov.ge, a government-run website. Total recoveries stand at 794.

To date, there are 122 active cases of coronavirus infection. 

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