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COVID-19 Georgia Live Blog: 3,071 Daily Cases, 3,366 Recoveries, 34 Fatalities

As of November 25, 11:00 Tbilisi time, Georgia has confirmed 114,889 cases of the novel coronavirus. In addition, 41 infected Georgian citizens have been repatriated to Georgia for treatment. 95,581 patients recovered and 1,085 died. The number of active cases stands at 18,197. Currently, 2,071 people are kept in an 8-day mandatory quarantine, while 6,145 patients remain under observation in hospitals. 

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

Wednesday, November 25

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,071 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,314 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 523 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 264 were reported in Imereti; 232 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 104 in Kvemo Kartli; 44 in Shida Kartli; 165 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 214 in Kakheti; 84 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 106 in Guria, and 21 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,071 Daily Cases, 3,366 Recoveries, 34 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,071 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 114,889. In the meantime, 3,366 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 95,581. 34 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 1,085. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,197. 

Tuesday, November 24

21:00 GMT+4 – 116 New Cases, 3 More Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 116 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,558. The number of recoveries stands at 3,630. With three more fatalities recorded, the number of COVID-related deaths reaches 73. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,855.

20:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Extends Covid-19 Restrictions

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have extended Covid-19 restrictions to January 21, 2021, Apsnypress reported

On October 13, Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities introduced additional COVID-19 measures in the region experiencing a surge in infected cases. 

From October 15 to November 24, which now has been extended to January 21, 2021, Abkhazia prohibited holding mass sports and cultural events. Moreover, theaters, museums, libraries, preschool educational institutions and recreational facilities were temporarily shut down.

Since October 15, the workers who are above 60 or have preschool (1-4 years old) age children are exempt from the work responsibilities in the public sector, while the same recommendation is given to the private companies.

15:00 GMT+4 – City Schools to Hold Classes Remotely Until End of Semester

Schools in Georgia’s cities, Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Telavi, Zestaponi, Gori, Gardabani, Poti, and Marneuli will hold classes remotely until the end of the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, according to the Education Ministry. 

Educational institutions in the western Adjara region will also keep using distance learning. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,128 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,504 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 576 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 212 were reported in Imereti; 189 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 129 in Kvemo Kartli; 101 in Shida Kartli; 105 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 116 in Kakheti; 97 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 87 in Guria, and 12 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,128 Daily Cases, 3,045 Recoveries, 39 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,128 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 111,818. In the meantime, 3,045 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 92,215. 39 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 1,051. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,526. 

Monday, November 23

20:00 GMT+4 – 62 New Cases, 2 More Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 62 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,442. The number of recoveries stands at 3,623. With two more fatalities recorded, the number of COVID-related deaths reaches 70. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,751.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,958 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases –  2,157 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 537 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 417 were reported in Adjara; 159 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 190 in Kvemo Kartli; 137 in Shida Kartli; 89 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 140 in Kakheti; 40 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 78 in Guria, and 14 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,958 Daily Cases, 3,531 Recoveries, 36 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,958 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 108,690. In the meantime, 3,531 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 89,170. 36 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 1,012. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,482. 

Sunday, November 22

12:00 GMT+4 – 22 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,684. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 4,048 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,602 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 772 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 447 were reported in Adjara; 389 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 223 in Kvemo Kartli; 241 in Shida Kartli; 48 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 164 in Kakheti; 44 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 114 in Guria, and 4 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

864 patients are in severe condition, and 386  are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 49 COVID-related fatalities reported, 24 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 13 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti; 3 in Kvemo Kartli; 1 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, and 1 in Shida Kartli.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 4,048 Daily Cases, 3,856 Recoveries, 49 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 4,048 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 104,732. In the meantime, 3,856 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 85,639. 49 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 976. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,091.

Saturday, November 21 

20:00 GMT+4 – 68 New Cases Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 68 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,380. The number of recoveries stands at 3,616, while the number of COVID-related deaths reaching 68. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,696.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,824 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,247 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 742 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 609 were reported in Imereti;  319 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 214 in Kvemo Kartli; 197 in Shida Kartli; 96 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 150 in Kakheti; 63 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 157 in Guria, and 30 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

849 patients are in severe condition, and 308  are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 33 COVID-related fatalities reported, 17 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 5 in Adjara; 8 in Imereti; 1 in Kvemo Kartli; 1 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 3,824 Daily Cases, 3,851 Recoveries, 33 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,824 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 100,684. In the meantime, 3,851 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 81,783. 33 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 927. The number of active cases to date stands at 17,948.

Friday, November 20

20:00 GMT+4 – 34 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 34 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,312. The number of recoveries stands at 3,611. With 1 more fatality recorded, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 68. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,633.

12:50 GMT+4 – COVID-19 Curfew Suspended on November 20-22

The Government-imposed 22:00 – 05:00 curfew in Georgia’s largest cities, Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Gori, Poti, and Zugdidi, will be temporarily suspended between November 20-22 due to parliamentary election runoffs scheduled to take place tomorrow. 

The curfew suspension comes into effect today from 22:00, until 22:00, November 22.

The change has been made to the order of the Georgian government “On Approval of Rules of Isolation and Quarantine.”

11:30 GMT+4 – Borjomi, Bakuriani Bishop Passes Away 

Lazare (Samadbegishvili), Bishop of Borjomi and Bakuriani, has passed away after testing positive for coronavirus. According to the Georgian Patriarchate’s public relations service, Bishop Lazare had a number of underlying conditions before contracting COVID-19. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,768 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,443 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 676 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 541 were reported in Imereti;  363 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 183 in Kvemo Kartli; 165 in Shida Kartli; 96 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 130 in Kakheti; 95 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 52 in Guria, and 24 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

838 patients are in severe condition, and 410  are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 41 COVID-related fatalities reported, 19 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 5 in Adjara; 12 in Imereti; 2 in Kvemo Kartli, and 3 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 3,768 Daily Cases, 4,055 Recoveries, 41 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,768 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 96,860. In the meantime, 4,055 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 77,932. 41 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 894. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,008.

Thursday, November 19

20:00 GMT+4 – 65 New Cases, 2 Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 65 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,278. The number of recoveries stands at 3,608. With 2 more fatalities recorded, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 67. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,603.

12:00 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 25 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,650. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:15 GMT+4 – Companies to Receive VAT Refund, PM Gakharia Says 

During today’s Government meeting, Georgia’s Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia announced that about 150,000 companies will automatically receive a VAT refund, returning a total of approximately one billion GEL per year to businesses. 

The PM said the reform, carried out in collaboration with the Finance Ministry, aims to mitigate the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,697 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,256 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 664 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 538 were reported in Imereti;  304 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 243 in Kvemo Kartli; 175 in Shida Kartli; 91 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 238 in Kakheti; 55 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 127 in Guria, and 6 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

869 patients are in severe condition, and 377  are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 38 COVID-related fatalities reported, 16 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 8 in Adjara; 8 in Imereti; 1 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Kvemo Kartli, and 2 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,697 Daily Cases, 2,409 Recoveries, 38 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,697 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 93,092. In the meantime, 2,409 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 73,877. 38 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 853. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,336.

Wednesday, November 18

20:00 GMT+4 – 39 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 39 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,213. The number of recoveries stands at 3,488. With 1 more fatality reported, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 65. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,660.

12:00 GMT+4 – 13 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,625. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,443 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,318 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 562 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 512 were reported in Adjara; 368 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 163 in Kvemo Kartli; 178 in Shida Kartli; 54 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 85 in Kakheti; 106 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 64 in Guria, and 33 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

836 patients are in severe condition, and 371  are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 37 COVID-related fatalities reported, 19 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 9 in Adjara; 6 in Imereti; 1 in Shida Kartli; 1 in Kvemo Kartli, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,443 Daily Cases, 2,539 Recoveries, 37 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,443 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 89,395. In the meantime, 2,539 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 71,468. 37 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 815. The number of active cases to date stands at 17,086.

Tuesday, November 17

20:00 GMT+4 – 75 New Cases, 2 Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 75 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,174. The number of recoveries stands at 3,483. With 2 more fatalities reported, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 64. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,627.

12:00 GMT+4 – 36 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,612. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:15 GMT+4 – Infectious Diseases Hospital Director Tests Positive 

Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a recent announcement by the hospital, Tsertsvadze’s symptoms are mild and he is receiving care at home.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,117 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,202 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 469 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 302 were reported in Imereti; 355 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 259 in Kvemo Kartli; 173 in Shida Kartli; 86 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 117 in Kakheti; 65 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 61 in Guria, and 28 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

740 patients are in severe condition, and 332 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 45 COVID-related fatalities reported, 18 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 9 in Adjara; 9 in Imereti; 2 in Shida Kartli; 5 in Kvemo Kartli; 1 in Kakheti, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,117 Daily Cases, 3,638 Recoveries, 45 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,117 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 85,952. In the meantime, 3,638 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 68,929. 45 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 778. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,219.

Monday, November 16

20:00 GMT+4 – 34 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 34 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,101. The number of recoveries stands at 3,470. With 1 more fatality reported, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 62. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,567.

15:00 GMT+4 – New Digital Platform For Seeking Medical Attention

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, a new information portal – ambulatoria.moh.gov.ge – was launched, allowing those infected with coronavirus to see which clinic they are registered in and which family doctor can provide them with medical attention by entering their private number on the website. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,157 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,249 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 516 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 477 were reported in Imereti; 212 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 178 in Kvemo Kartli; 181 in Shida Kartli; 121 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 70 in Kakheti; 60 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 82 in Guria, and 11 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

787 patients are in severe condition, and 363 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 30 COVID-related fatalities reported, 15 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 5 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti; 2 in Shida Kartli, and 1 in Kvemo Kartli. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,157 Daily Cases, 3,230 Recoveries, 30 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,157 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 82,835. In the meantime, 3,230 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 65,291. 30 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 733. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,785.

Sunday, November 15

12:00 GMT+4 – 35 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 35 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,582. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,020 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,354 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 410 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 398 were reported in Imereti; 248 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 198 in Kvemo Kartli; 153 in Shida Kartli; 41 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 126 in Kakheti; 26 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 60 in Guria, and 6 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

735 patients are in severe condition, and 334 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 34 COVID-related fatalities reported, 18 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 8 in Adjara; 6 in Imereti; 1 in Kvemo Kartli, and 1 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,020 Daily Cases, 3,387 Recoveries, 34 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,020 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 79,678. In the meantime, 3,387 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 62,061. 34 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 703. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,888.

Saturday, November 14

20:00 GMT+4 – 41 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 41 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,065. The number of recoveries stands at 3,466. With 1 more fatality reported, the number of COVID-related deaths stands at 61. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,538.

12:00 GMT+4 – 30 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,547. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,504 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,232 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 619 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 603 were reported in Adjara; 397 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 122 in Kvemo Kartli; 140 in Shida Kartli; 97 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 102 in Kakheti; 76 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 94 in Guria, and 22 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

749 patients are in severe condition, and 340 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 33 COVID-related fatalities reported, 10 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 7 in Adjara; 10 in Imereti; 1 in Kvemo Kartli; 2 in Shida Kartli; 1 in Kakheti; 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 3,504 Daily Cases, 3,163 Recoveries, 33 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,504 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 76,658. In the meantime, 3,163 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 58,674 . 33 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 669. The number of active cases to date stands at 17,289.

Friday, November 13

20:00 GMT+4 – 73 New Cases, 2 Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 73 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 5,024. The number of recoveries stands at 3,452. With the recorded fatalities reaching 60, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,512.

12:00 GMT+4 – 57 New Cases, 6 Fatalities Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,517. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 27.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,473 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,493 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 513 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 448 were reported in Adjara; 287 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 190 in Kvemo Kartli; 175 in Shida Kartli; 119 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 98 in Kakheti; 72 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 55 in Guria, and 23 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

633 patients are in severe condition, and 357 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 37 COVID-related fatalities reported, 13 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 10 in Adjara; 8 in Imereti; 3 in Kvemo Kartli; 2 in Shida Kartli, and 1 in Kakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 3,473 Daily Cases, 3,342 Recoveries, 37 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,473 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 73,154. In the meantime, 3,342 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 55,511. 37 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 636. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,981.

Thursday, November 12 

20:00 GMT+4 – 53 New Cases Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,951. The number of recoveries stands at 3,369. With the recorded fatalities reaching 58, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,524.

12:00 GMT+4 – 55 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 55 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,460. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 21.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 3,120 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,033 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 517 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 502 were reported in Adjara; 332 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 192 in Kvemo Kartli; 126 in Shida Kartli; 107 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 100 in Kakheti; 95 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 95 in Guria, and 21 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

652 patients are in severe condition, and 329 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 33 COVID-related fatalities reported, 11 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 11 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti; 1 in Kvemo Kartli; 1 in Guria, and 2 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 3,120 Daily Cases, 2,358 Recoveries, 33 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 3,120 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 69,681. In the meantime, 2,358 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 52,169. 33 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 599. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,887.

Wednesday, November 11 

20:00 GMT+4 – 67 New Cases, 2 Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 67 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,898. The number of recoveries stands at 3,227. 2 more COVID-19 infected patient died in Gudauta hospital, taking the number of fatalities to 58. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,658.

12:00 GMT+4 – 44 New Cases, 1 Fatality Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 44 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,400. With one more death recorded, the number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 21.

11:30 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Recovers from COVID-19

According to the Government Administration, after testing positive on November 2, Georgian Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia has fully recovered from the coronavirus.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,911 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,056 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 476 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 469 were reported in Imereti; 294 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 201 in Kvemo Kartli; 134 in Shida Kartli; 19 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 69 in Kakheti; 92 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 76 in Guria, and 25 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

632 patients are in severe condition, and 308 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 45 COVID-related fatalities reported, 18 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 14 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti; 3 in Kvemo Kartli; 2 in Kakheti, and 1 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,911 Daily Cases, 2,421 Recoveries, 45 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,911 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 66,561. In the meantime, 2,421 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 49,811. 45 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 566. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,158.

Tuesday, November 10 

20:00 GMT+4 – 59 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 59 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,831. The number of recoveries stands at 3,061. Another COVID-19 infected patient died in Gudauta hospital. With 56 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,759.

12:00 GMT+4 – 77 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,359. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 20. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,970 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,130 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 653 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 463 were reported in Imereti; 202 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 90 in Kvemo Kartli; 105 in Shida Kartli; 93 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 94 in Kakheti; 49 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 67 in Guria, and 24 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

656 patients are in severe condition, and 265 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 22 COVID-related fatalities reported, 11 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 4 in Adjara; 6 in Imereti, and 1 in Kvemo Kartli.

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,970 Daily Cases, 2,348 Recoveries, 22 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,970 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 63,650. In the meantime, 2,348 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 47,390. 22 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 521. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,713.

Monday, November 9

20:00 GMT+4 – 52 New Cases, 4 Fatalities Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia reported 52 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,772. The number of recoveries to date stands at 2,929. 4 more COVID-related fatalities were reported, taking the coronavirus death toll in the region to 55. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,788.

14:00 GMT+4 – Citizens Can Request Temporary Pass for Curfew Hours

With the 22:00-05:00 curfew in Georgia’s largest cities coming into effect, the Interagency Coordination Council announced that citizens with an urgent need will have the option to request a temporary, one-time pass for transportation during curfew hours by contacting the Council’s hotline at 1441. The hotline will be available for use from 18:00, starting today. 

12:00 GMT+4 – 61 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 61 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,347. The number of COVID-related fatalities in the region stands at 20. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,927 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,033 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 782 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new daily cases, 411 were reported in Adjara; 150 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 130 in Kvemo Kartli; 74 in Shida Kartli; 79 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 133 in Kakheti; 59 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 53 in Guria, and 23 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

645 patients are in severe condition, and 393 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 24 COVID-related fatalities reported, 13 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 5 in Adjara; 4 in Imereti; 1 in Shida Kartli, and 1 in Kakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,927 Daily Cases, 2,470 Recoveries, 24 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,927 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 60,680. In the meantime, 2,470 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 45,042. 24 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 499. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,113.

Sunday, November 8

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,901 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,060 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 461 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 340 were reported in Imereti; 369 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 181 in Kvemo Kartli; 199 in Shida Kartli; 78 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 94 in Kakheti; 45 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 68 in Guria, and 6 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

641 patients are in severe condition, and 322 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 34 COVID-related fatalities reported, 14 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 7 in Adjara; 8 in Imereti; 3 in Shida Kartli; 1 in Kvemo Kartli, and 1 in Kakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,901 Daily Cases, 2,799 Recoveries, 34 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,901 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 57,753. In the meantime, 2,799 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 42,572. 34 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 475. The number of active cases to date stands at 14,680.

Saturday, November 7

20:00 GMT+4 – 71 New Cases, 1 Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 71 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,720. The number of recoveries to date stands at 2,831. With 51 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,838.

15:00 GMT+4 – 41 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 41 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,286.

14:15 GMT+4 – Private and Municipal Preschools to be Closed in Largest Cities 

Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili announced that both private and municipal preschool institutions in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Zugdidi, Gori, and Poti, Georgia’s largest cities, will be closed starting November 9. 

14:00 GMT+4 – 22:00-05:00 Curfew Announced in Largest Cities

Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili announced that starting from Monday, November 9, the government will impose a 22:00 – 05:00 curfew in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Zugdidi, Gori, and Poti, the nation’s largest cities. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,859 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,197 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Adjara region came in second with 620 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 438 were reported in Imereti; 138 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 109 in Kvemo Kartli; 62 in Shida Kartli; 38 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 94 in Kakheti; 72 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 63 in Guria, and 28 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

585 patients are in severe condition, and 345 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 18 COVID-related fatalities reported, 7 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 4 in Adjara; 4 in Imereti; 2 in Kvemo Kartli, and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 2,859 Daily Cases, 2,754 Recoveries, 18 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,859 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 54,852. In the meantime, 2,754 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 39,773. 18 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 441. The number of active cases to date stands at 14,612.

Friday, November 6

20:10 GMT+4 – Certain Regular Flights Cancelled, GCAA Says 

The Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA) announced that a number of regular flights that were scheduled for renewal from the beginning of November have been cancelled due to new border and sanitary restrictions. 

According to the GCCA, Wizz Air airline regular flights from Kutaisi to Riga and back have been cancelled until December 19, while flights from Dortmund to Kutaisi and back have been cancelled until December 18; flights from Vilnius to Kutaisi and back have also been cancelled until January 12, 2021. The decision to cancel said flights is due to border and sanitary restrictions imposed by Latvia, Germany and Lithuania, the GCAA said.

Due to the same restrictions, AirBaltic has canceled regular flights until November 28; though, the airline will continue carrying out repatriation flights to bring Georgian citizens in and out of the country. 

20:00 GMT+4 – 68 New Cases, 10 Recoveries, 3 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 68 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,649. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,500. With 50 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,099.

14:40 GMT+4 – Health Minister: “Ready to Sit at Negotiating Table with Opposition”

“We are ready to sit at the negotiating table with the opposition,” Health  Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze said in today’s government press conference, calling on people and political parties involved in the ongoing “political processes” to avoid spreading the virus.

According to the Minister, any negotiation and agreement are possible without “expressing similar protests, in a much more civil and efficient way and without misusing our emotions and personal interests and spreading the infection.”

14:30 GMT+4 – Retired Doctors to Join in Fight against Virus

In a press conference after the government coordination meeting on COVID-19, Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze announced that retired doctors may be engaged in managing the COVID-19. According to the Minister, the authorities have already reached out to the retired medics, who have also shown readiness on their part. Tikaradze also mentioned that doctors with different profiles as well as medical students, including volunteers, have been mobilized and trained as part of the government’s efforts to fight the virus.

12:00 GMT+4 – 61 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 61 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,245.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,775  new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 1,044 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 526 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 503 were reported in Adjara; 117 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 207 in Kvemo Kartli; 177 in Shida Kartli; 43 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 36 in Kakheti;  25 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 89 in Guria, and 8 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

619 patients are in severe condition, and 268 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 22 COVID-related fatalities reported, 8 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 6 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti, and 1 in Kvemo Kartli.  

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,775 Daily Cases, 3,560 Recoveries, 22 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,775 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 51,993. In the meantime, 2,289 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 37,019. 22 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 423. The number of active cases to date stands at 14,525.

Thursday , November 5

20:30 GMT+4 – 76 New Cases, 8 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 76 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,581. In the meantime, 8 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,490. With 47 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,044.

14:00 GMT+4 – Gov’t Considers New Measures, Warns against Spread in Rallies

Addressing the government coordination meeting on November 5, PM Giorgi Gakharia said that ongoing “political activities” will significantly accelerate the virus peak, as “the mobility caused by the ongoing street rallies is, of course, directly related to a spike in infections.” Calling for full mobilization of ministries and relevant bodies, PM underscored the need to introduce more effective targeted restrictions, adding that no systemic restrictions are considered. 

Gakharia also said that reducing the hospitalization rate from 26% to 15% would be critical in handling the crisis and voiced his plans for expanded antigen testing.

In a press conference held after the government meeting, Vice PM Maia Tskitishvili warned against neglecting COVID-19-related regulations by those involved in “political processes”, adding that “nobody has restricted freedom of expression in the country.”

To contain the rapid spread of the virus, the Vice PM suggested introducing further targeted restrictions, including halting public transportation/ restricting freedom of movement in the evening or night hours. Such measures, Tskitishvili said, will only be taken where and when necessary.

11:30 GMT+4 – 68 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 68 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,184.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,401 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 976 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region came in second with 368 reported cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 328 were reported in Adjara; 280 in  Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 61 in Kvemo Kartli; 135 in Shida Kartli; 31 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 70 in Kakheti;  55 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 62 in Guria, and 35 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

638 patients are in severe condition, and 293 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 20 COVID-related fatalities reported, 10 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 2 in Adjara; 7 in Imereti, and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,401 Daily Cases, 2,289 Recoveries, 20 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,401 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 49,218. In the meantime, 2,289 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 33,459. 20 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 401. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,332.

Wednesday, November 4

20:30 GMT+4 – 79 New Cases, 10 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 79 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,505. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,440. Two COVID-19 patients died in the region. With 47 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,018.

14:30 GMT+4 – WHO Delegation Visits Sokhumi

According to the ministry of health of occupied Abkhazia, a delegation of World Health Organization visited Sokhumi on a 10-day monitoring mission. The members of delegation will inspect medical institutions in Abkhazia with special focus on COVID-19 related issues and possible humanitarian assistance to the region. 

14:30 GMT+4 – UNM’s Salome Samadashvili Tests Positive 

One of the leaders of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) Salome Samadashvili has tested positive for coronavirus. According to the UNM member, she is currently asymptomatic and is self-isolating.

11:30 GMT+4 – 63 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 63 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1,116.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 2,295 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 989 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The western Imereti region, and the western Adjara region each reported 387 daily cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 97 were reported in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 166 in Kvemo Kartli; 133 in Shida Kartli; 33 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 47 in Kakheti;  29 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and 27 in Guria.

569 patients are in severe condition, and 238 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 19 COVID-related fatalities reported, 2 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi, and 9 in Adjara, 6 in Imereti, 1 in Shida Kartli, and 1 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. 

11:05 GMT+4 – Tbilisi to Close Pre-Schools Starting Tomorrow

According to Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, all pre-school institutions in Georgia’s capital will be temporarily closed starting tomorrow. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 2,295 Daily Cases, 2,537 Recoveries, 19 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 2,295 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 46,817. In the meantime, 2,537 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 31,170. 19 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 381. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,240.

Tuesday, November 3

20:30 GMT+4 – 77 New Cases, 17 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,426. In the meantime, 17 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,430. Two COVID-19 patients died in the region. With 45 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,951.

17:00 GMT+4 – Economy Minister Tests Positive

Economy Minister Natia Turnava tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Ministry has confirmed, adding that she feels good and will continue her treatment at home. She is the 3rd high-ranking Georgian official after PM Giorgi Gakharia and Head of Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili to test positive since yesterday. Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education, has reportedly also been self-isolating following contact with an infected family member.

13:00 GMT+4 – Government Announces New Restrictions

To contain the spread of COVID-19, wearing face masks will be compulsory outdoors as well, Deputy PM and Minister of Infrastructure Maya Tskitishvili announced in a government press conference today. Masks were mandatory only indoors until now.

In addition, Georgian authorities decided to extend the working hours limitation of restaurants till 22:00 nationwide. Before, the restriction has been effective in only four cities – Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, and Mtskheta.

Schools in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Zugdidi, Zestaphoni, Gori, Poti, Marneuli, and Gardabani are to continue remote teaching until November 25 as school buildings in the respective cities are set to be used as polling stations in the runoffs of the parliamentary elections scheduled for November 21.

According to Tskitishvili, authorities are not considering any full-scale lockdown and will only enforce targeted restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,943 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 650 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 506 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 324 were diagnosed in Imereti; 200 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 46 in Kvemo Kartli; 100 in Shida Kartli; 39 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 23 in Kakheti; 4 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 47 in Guria; and 4 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

589 patients are in severe condition, and 281 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 20 COVID-related fatalities reported, 7 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 6 in Imereti; 5 in Adjara; 1 in Shida Kartli, and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,943 Daily Cases, 1,833 Recoveries, 20 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,943 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 44,522 In the meantime, 1,833 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 28,633. 20 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 362. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,501.

Monday, November 2 

20:30 GMT+4 – 47 New Cases, 6 Recoveries, 1 Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 47 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,349. In the meantime, 6 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,413. Another COVID-19 patient died in the region. With 43 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,893.

20:00 GMT+4 – Prime Minister, Head of Gov’t Administration Test Positive

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the government press office announced on November 2. The Prime Minister went into self-isolation on October 31, on the day of the parliamentary election, after one of his aides confirmed positive for the virus.

Natia Mezvrishvili, Head of Government Administration, also announced on her social media account that she tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier today, Mezvrishvili said that she was self-isolating after contact with an infected person.

15:25 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Announces New Restrictions

Moscow-backed authorities in occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia announced new restrictions amid rapid growth in COVID-19 cases, RES news agency reported

Among others, the functioning of secondary, professional and higher educational institutions, as well as entertainment centers and attractions will be suspended until November 15.

12:25 GMT+4 – Head of Gov’t Administration Goes into Self-Isolation

Head of the Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili announced that she has gone into self-isolation. 

11:50 GMT+4 – Economy Minister Goes into Self-Isolation 

According to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Economy Minister Natia Turnava has gone into self-isolation due to close contact with COVID-infected persons. Turnava is not suffering from any symptoms as of now, the Ministry claims. 

11:30 GMT+4 – 137 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 137 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1053. Since the onset of the virus, 11 patients have passed away from COVID-related health complications in the Tskhinvali Region. 

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,852 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 650 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Imereti region came in second with 441 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 389 were diagnosed in Adjara; 114 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 68 in Kvemo Kartli; 51 in Shida Kartli; 51 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 20 in Kakheti;  27 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 28 in Guria; and 13 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

519 patients are in severe condition, and 230 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 7 COVID-related fatalities reported, 6 deaths were confirmed in Adjara, and 1 in Kakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,852 Daily Cases, 1,696 Recoveries, 7 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,852 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 42,579 In the meantime, 1,696 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 26,800. 7 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 342. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,411.

Sunday, November 1

20:30 GMT+4 – 69 New Cases, 5 Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,302. In the meantime, 5 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,314. With 42 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,946.

19:30 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Goes into Self-Isolation

PM Gakharia has gone into self-isolation according to a recent announcement.

“I have moved to self-isolation and continue to work under these conditions,” the PM said. 

12:00 GMT +4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,791 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 532 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Imereti region came in second with 392 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 369 were diagnosed in Adjara; 187 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 86 in Kvemo Kartli; 62 in Shida Kartli; 57 in Kakheti;  56 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 29 in Guria; and 21 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,791 Daily Cases, 2,413 Recoveries, 28 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 1,791 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 40,727. In the meantime, 2,413 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 25,104. 28 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 335. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,262.  

Saturday, October 31

18:00 GMT+4 – 73 New Cases, 10 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 73 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,233. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,267. 2 more COVID-related fatalities were reported with 42 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,924.

14:30 GMT+4 – 148 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 148 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 916. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,673 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 684 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 351 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 214 were diagnosed in Imereti; 75 in Kvemo Kartli; 86 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 98 in Shida Kartli; 52 in Kakheti;  33 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 41 in Guria; 23 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 16 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

511 patients are in severe condition, and 208 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 22 COVID-related fatalities reported, 10 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 7 in Adjara; 4 in Imereti, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,673 Daily Cases, 2,881 Recoveries, 22 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 1,673 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 38,936. In the meantime, 2,075 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 22,691. 22 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 307. The number of active cases to date stands at 15,912.  

Friday, October 30

18:00 GMT+4 – 34 New Cases, 5 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 34 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,160. In the meantime, 5 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,257. 2 more COVID-related fatalities were reported with 40 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,863.

14:00 GMT+4 – Anatoly Bibilov Recovers from COVID-19

Moscow-backed leader of occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov has recovered from COVID-19, local media reported. Anatoly Bibilov tested positive for novel coronavirus on October 17. 

14:00 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Reports 22 Infection Cases in Temporary Detention Facilities

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported 22 cases of COVID-19 infection in temporary detention prison cells. According to the local media, both, members of the staff and the detainees have tested positive for novel coronavirus. 

12:00 GMT+4 – German Government Allocates EUR 20.8 Million to Georgia

Georgia and German Credit Reconstruction Bank (KfW) signed loan and grant agreements aiming social security “in the context of COVID-19 pandemic”.

The project considers allocation of EUR 15 Million to provide those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with social assistance, while EUR 5.8 Million will be distributed to the population influenced by extreme poverty. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,696 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 683 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 381 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 313 were diagnosed in Imereti; 117 in Kvemo Kartli; 60 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 59 in Shida Kartli; 19 in Kakheti; 34 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 18 in Guria, 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 11 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

490 patients are in severe condition, and 121 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 12 COVID-related fatalities reported, 4 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 5 in Adjara; 2 in Imereti, and 1 in Shida Kartli. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,696 Daily Cases, 2,906 Recoveries, 12 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 1,696 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 37,263. In the meantime, 2,075 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 19,810. 12 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 285. The number of active cases to date stands at 17,142.  

Thursday, October 29

18:00 GMT+4 – 68 New Cases, 99 Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 68 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,126. In the meantime, 99 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,170. 2 more COVID-related fatalities were reported with 38 total fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,918.

11:40 GMT+4 – PM Says Gov’t Will Reimburse Utility Fees for Next 4 Months

According to Georgia’s Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia, the Government will reimburse utility fees for households consuming less than 200 cubic meters of gas and 200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month in November, December, January, and February. The reimbursement will also apply to water and cleaning bills.

“We believe this is highly important for people who lost their income due to the pandemic and the global crisis,” the PM underscored. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 98 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 98 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 768. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,709 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 445 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 437 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 388 were diagnosed in Imereti; 32 in Kvemo Kartli; 151 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 125 in Shida Kartli; 40 in Kakheti; 44 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 35 in Guria, and 12 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

511 patients are in severe condition, and 128 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 20 COVID-related fatalities reported, 7 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 9 in Adjara; 2 in Imereti; 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 1 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,709 Daily Cases, 2,075 Recoveries, 20 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 1,709 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 35,567. In the meantime, 2,075 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 16,904. 20 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 273. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,364. 

Wednesday, October 28

18:00 GMT+4 – 106 New Cases, 22 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 106 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 4,058. In the meantime, 22 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 2,071. With 36 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,951.

17:24 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Legislative Body Speaker Hospitalized with COVID-19

Moscow-backed authorities in the occupied Tskhinvali region reported that legislative body speaker Alan Tadtaev was hospitalized with COVID-19 after his condition worsened when undergoing treatment at home.

12:00 GMT+4 – 6th Patient Dies in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported a sixth fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 52-year-old man.

11:25 GMT+4 – Russian Military Field Hospital Arrives in Tskhinvali 

According to Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, a military field hospital with 150 beds arrived in Tskhinvali on October 27 to treat patients with coronavirus infection. 

On October 21, Tskhinvali/South Ossetia defense ministry asked the Russian Ministry of Defense to deploy a 150-bed field hospital in the region, RES news agency reported.

11:20 GMT+4 – 47 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 47 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 670. 

11:20 GMT+4 – Gov’t Starts Training Senior Medical Student 

As the number of infected health workers rises, Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli announced that a number of volunteer senior medical students have been enrolled in a fast COVID-19 training course to aid government efforts in the coronavirus management process.

Chkhenkeli said that a trained medical student reserve will be available on November 2 who, if necessary, will be deployed in quarantine zones, assist doctors in treating patients, and provide instructions to callers via COVID-19 hotlines. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,731 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 636 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 333 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 320 were diagnosed in Imereti; 121 in Kvemo Kartli; 119 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 76 in Shida Kartli; 45 in Kakheti; 39 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 18 in Guria; 9 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 15 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti

521 patients are in severe condition, and 120 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 15 COVID-related fatalities reported, 4 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 7 in Adjara, and 4 in Imereti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,731 Daily Cases, 2,197 Recoveries, 15 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 1,731 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 33,858. In the meantime, 2,197 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 14,829. 15 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 253. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,750. 

Tuesday, October 27

18:00 GMT+4 – 113 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,952. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,474. With 36 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,442.

17:00 GMT+4 – 30-59 Years Age Group with Most Infected Cases, NCDC Reports

According to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health’s (NCDC) briefing, age-based incidence of COVID-19 infected cases is as follows: Patients aged 0-1 years – 1% of overall cases; patients aged 2-18 years – 13%; patients aged 19-29 years – 16%; patients aged 30-59 years – 50%; patients aged 60-79 years – 18%; patients aged 80 years or older – 2%. 

As for fatality rate among age groups, 15% of the deceased were under 60 years old; 30% – between 60-70 years old; 53.4% were aged 70 years or older. 

16:30 GMT+4 – 1,678 Health Workers Infected

Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze reported that 1,678 health workers are infected with COVID-19 – 5.2% of overall active cases. 

A 69-year-old female emergency doctor from Akhalkalaki, who passed away last morning at 7:00, is the only health worker to die from COVID-19 infection. 

14:30 GMT+4 – 5th Patient Dies in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported a fifth fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 81-year-old woman.

14:30 GMT+4 – Watchdog Remarks on Mobile Ballot Box Service 

Transparency International (TI) Georgia, a local watchdog, issued remarks concerning the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) mobile ballot box service for self-isolated voters, expressing concern over a number of bureaucratic barriers hindering the voter registration process. 

While welcoming CEC’s decision to extend the deadline for requesting the mobile ballot box service, TI Georgia underscored that given the the high number of self-isolated persons, it was evident that the initially allotted registration period, which was from October 24 to 26, would be insufficient.

TI Georgia noted that eligible voters in self-isolation are not sufficiently informed that they cannot be included in the mobile ballot box list without contacting the Ministry of Health first. According to the watchdog, after calling the CEC hotline with a registration request, voters are transferred to the Health Ministry’s hotline, leading to an overload of both hotline services. In addition, TI Georgia reported that even after the registration deadline was extended, the Health Ministry told eligible voters via its hotline that the registration process had already been concluded. 

Noting that a number of people informed TI Georgia that the Ministry of Health did not have them in the list of voters in self-isolation, the watchdog said that the Ministry lacks an exhaustive list of persons in self-isolation, potentially leaving thousands of voters unable to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections. 

TI Georgia recommended that CEC make use of an automatic registration system without requiring voters to contact the CEC hotline for registration. The watchdog also reiterated its previous request to CEC to set up special elections precincts in quarantine zones and medical institutions. 

14:00 GMT+4 – CEC Update: Deadline for Requesting Mobile Ballot Box Extended to 18:00

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the deadline for requesting mobile ballot box service for self-isolated voters has been extended once again to 18:00, October 27.

The previous deadline expired today at 14:00.

13:00 GMT+4 – 4th Patient Dies in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported a fourth fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 65-year-old man.

11:20 GMT+4 – 64 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 64 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 623. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,824 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 712 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 545 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 305 were diagnosed in Imereti; 63 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 56 in Shida Kartli; 48 in Kvemo Kartli; 24 in Guria; 23 in Kakheti; 22 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 22 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 4 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

482 patients are in severe condition, and 105 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 23 COVID-related fatalities reported, 9 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 8 in Adjara; 2 in Imereti; 2 in Shida Kartli, and 2 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,824 Daily Cases, 1,262 Recoveries, Record 23 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,824 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 32,127. In the meantime, 1,262 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 12,632. 23 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 238. The number of active cases to date stands at 19,231. 

Monday, October 26

18:00 GMT+4 – 100 New Cases, 2 More Recoveries, 1 More Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 100 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,839. In the meantime, 2 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,464. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in the region – 36th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,339.

17:50 GMT+4 – CEC Update: Deadline for Requesting Mobile Ballot Box Extended to October 27

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC) press speaker Ana Mikeladze, the deadline for requesting mobile ballot box service for self-isolated voters has been extended to October 27, 14:00.

The previous deadline expires today at 22:00.

15:30 GMT+4 – First Health Worker Dies from COVID-19

From the 14 COVID-related fatalities reported by the Georgian authorities today, one was an emergency doctor from Akhalkalaki (town in southern Samtskhe-Javakheti region) receiving care at the Jerarsi clinic in Tbilisi.

The 69-year-old female doctor is the first health worker to die from COVID-19 in Georgia. According to Davit Kazaishvili, medical director of the Jerarsi clinic, the deceased was already suffering from diabetes mellitus and heart failure upon entering the clinic. 

12:30 GMT+4 – CEC: Final Day to Request Mobile Ballot Box Service 

The Central Election Commission (CEC) issued an announcement reminding voters in self-isolation to request voting via mobile ballot box service by calling the CEC call center. The deadline for requesting a mobile ballot box expires today, at 22:00. 

According to CEC, its database includes about 9,000 eligible voters who will be in self-isolation on election day. As of now 1,500 voters have applied to the CEC call center with a request for a mobile ballot box.

CEC underscored that the mobile ballot box service can only be requested by those self-isolated voters who are already registered in the CEC database, which was last updated on October 25. 

11:30 GMT+4 – Private Insurance Family Doctors to Aid in Coronavirus Management Process 

Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze announced that starting today, private insurance family doctors will aid in the coronavirus management process. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 78 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 78 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 559. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,872 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 913 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Imereti region came in second with 337 new cases. 

As for the remaining new cases, 296 were diagnosed in Adjara; 90 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 89 in Kvemo Kartli;  13 in Kakheti; 32 in Guria; 54 in Shida Kartli; 11 in Samtskhe-Javakheti;  30 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 7 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti. 

401 patients are in severe condition, and 117 are on assisted ventilation. Out of the 14 COVID-related fatalities reported, 8 deaths were confirmed in Tbilisi; 4 in the Imereti region, and 2 in the Adjara region. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,872 Daily Cases, 603 Recoveries, 14 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,872 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 30,303. In the meantime, 603 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 11,370. 14 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 215. The number of active cases to date stands at 18,692. 

Sunday, October 25

18:00 GMT+4 – 172 New Cases, 107 More Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 172 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,739. In the meantime, 107 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,462. Two COVID-19-infected patients died in Gudauta Hospital – 35 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,242.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,928 new COVID-19 infections diagnosed over the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases – 788 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 551 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 245 were diagnosed in Imereti; 93 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 87 in Kvemo Kartli; 42 in Kakheti; 35 in Guria; 33 in Shida Kartli; 27 in Samtskhe-Javakheti;  20 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 7 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,928 Daily Cases, 604 Recoveries, 8 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,928 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 28,431. In the meantime, 604 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 10,767. 8 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 201. The number of active cases to date stands at 17,437.

Saturday, October 24

18:00 GMT+4 – 117 New Cases, 17 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 117 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,567. In the meantime, 17 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,355. With 33 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,179.

13:30 GMT+4 – 114 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 114 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 481. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,941 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 1,034 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 320 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 258 were diagnosed in Imereti; 49 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 68 in Shida Kartli; 107 in Kvemo Kartli; 12 in Guria; 18 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 36 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, 37 in Kakheti,  and 2 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,941 Daily Cases, 412 Recoveries, 10 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,941 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 26,503. In the meantime, 412 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 10,163. 10 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 193. The number of active cases to date stands at 16,121.

Friday, October 23

18:00 GMT+4 – 144 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 144 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,450. In the meantime, 5 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,294. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 2,123, with 33 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic.

15:00 GMT+4 – CSOs: Gov’t Failed to Explain Necessity for the State of Emergency

A report released on October 23 said that the Government of Georgia failed to explain why the nationwide state of emergency announced on March 21 to halt the spread of COVID-19 was “necessary and without alternative”. The report on the state of democracy and human rights under pandemic in Georgia was prepared by three Georgian CSOs – Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), and Human Rights Center (HRC).

The watchdogs said that, under the Constitution of Georgia, the announcement of a state of emergency must meet certain requirements, among them, it needs to be necessary and without alternative. Also, according to the report, the reasons for the emergency as named in the government’s report show that tightening the restrictions, instead of declaring the state of emergency, would have been enough.

The CSO’s said that there were even fewer preconditions to extend the state of emergency on April 21, considering that the epidemiological situation was more manageable by that time.

13:30 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 5 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 367. 

12:15 GMT+4 – About 150,000 Antigen-based Fast Coronavirus Tests Available 

Deputy Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) Paata Imnadze announced that starting today Georgian clinics will begin using antigen-based fast coronavirus tests; fast test results will be available in 20 minutes.

According to Imnadze, just under 150,000 said tests are available as of now; however, an additional 500,000 tests have already been ordered. 

12:00 GMT+4 – 3rd Patient Dies in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported a third fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 45-year-old man with underlying illnesses.

11:55 GMT+4 – Health Minister Says Georgia Started Purchasing Remdesivir

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, the WHO has informed the Georgian Government that it can begin using Remdesivir for research purposes. Tikaradze said that the Georgian authorities have already begun the purchasing procedure of the antiviral medication.

On October 22, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Remdesivir for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms for treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 cases.

11:50 GMT+4 – 5 More Regional Clinics to Receive Fever Patients 

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, starting today, 5 more regional clinics in Sagarejo, Tetritskaro, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, and Lanchkhuti will begin receiving fever patients. 

11:20 GMT+4 – Gov’t Says Wearing Masks Outdoors ‘Strictly Recommended’ in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi

Head of the Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili announced that wearing masks outdoors in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi is “strictly recommended,” underscoring that the police and labor inspection will monitor how the citizens take the recommendation into account. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,759 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 686 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 487 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 356 were diagnosed in Imereti; 69 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 35 in Shida Kartli; 36 in Kvemo Kartli; 17 in Guria; 30 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 12 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 24 in Kakheti, and 7 in Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,759 Daily Cases, 350 Recoveries, 5 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,759 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 24,562. In the meantime, 350 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 9,751. 5 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 183. The number of active cases to date stands at 14,602.

Thursday, October 22

18:30 GMT+4 – 134 New Cases, 11 Recoveries, 1 More Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 134 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,306. In the meantime, 11 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,289. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in Gudauta Hospital – the 33rd recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,984.

15:30 GMT+4 – Watchdog Remarks on CEC Special COVID-19 Voting Procedures 

Transparency International (TI) Georgia, a local watchdog, issued remarks in response to the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Resolution on special voting procedures for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, as well as for quarantined and self-isolated voters in the October 31 parliamentary elections.

The TI Georgia announcement expressed concern over CEC limiting inclusion in the mobile ballot box list to only those self-isolated persons and patients receiving treatment at home who manage to address CEC with a request from October 24 to 26, claiming that the time period outlined by the CEC excludes persons going into self-isolation after October 26. The watchdog urged CEC to “automatically include” these persons on the mobile ballot box list.

Slamming CEC for going back on its “initial decision to set up special election precincts in stationary medical institutions or quarantine zones with more than 50 voters”, TI Georgia urged CEC to set up said precincts “with more than 30 voters.”

The CEC Resolution reads that “a mobile ballot box can be accompanied by only one local and international observer, one representative of an electoral subject, and one press or mass media representative”. TI Georgia remarked that is unclear if observers will have the opportunity to accompany all mobile ballot boxes in a precinct, and called on CEC to better define this part of the Resolution, as well as to “increase these quotas to at least two.”

TI Georgia also underscored that “it is unclear if there will be a single mobile box or several for persons who are in stationary medical institutions, quarantine zones, self-isolation, and those getting treatment at home.” The watchdog recommended separating the mobile ballot boxes so that election observation can be conducted in a “more thorough and complete manner” with observers not having to come in contact with COVID-19 patients.

12:20 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 25 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 272. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,595 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 563 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 389 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 335 were diagnosed in Imereti; 42 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 69 in Shida Kartli; 77 in Kvemo Kartli; 53 in Guria; 24 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 26 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 17 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,595 Daily Cases, 398 Recoveries, 6 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,595 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 22,803. In the meantime, 398 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 9,401. 6 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 178. The number of active cases to date stands at 13,198.

Wednesday, October 21

20:30 GMT+4 – Occupied Tskhinvali Asks Russia for a Field Hospital

On October 21, Moscow-backed Tskhinvali/South Ossetia defense ministry has asked the Russian Ministry of Defense to deploy a 150-bed field hospital in the region experiencing a surge in infected cases, RES news agency reported.

In a letter addressed to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Kremlin-backed S. Ossetian defense minister Ibragim Gasseev made a request for an urgent medical assistance with a temporary 150-bed field hospital, including medical personnel, special equipment, necessary medicines and laboratory for PCR testing. 

19:30 GMT+4 – 136 New Cases, 11 Recoveries, 1 More Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 136 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,172. In the meantime, 11 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,278. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in Gudauta Hospital – the 32nd recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,862.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,351 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 445 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 369 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 295 were diagnosed in Imereti; 66 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 23 in Shida Kartli; 76 in Kvemo Kartli; 15 in Guria; 18 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 23 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 20 in Kakheti, and 1 in Racha-Lechkhumi. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,351 Daily Cases, 337 Recoveries, 14 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,351 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 21,208. In the meantime, 337 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 9,003. 14 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 172. The number of active cases to date stands at 12,007.

Tuesday, October 20

19:45 GMT+4 – 2nd Patient Dies in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region reported second fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 84-year-old man with underlying illnesses.

19:30 GMT+4 – 133 New Cases, 33 Recoveries, 3 More Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 133 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 3,036. In the meantime, 33 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,267. Three COVID-19-infected patients died in Gudauta Hospital – the 31st recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,738.

19:00 GMT+4 – Regular Flights Available in November

The Georgian Civil Aviation Agency issued a list of renewed regular flights from Tbilisi and Kutaisi. 

Starting November, flights from Tbilisi and back will be available to Doha, Munich, Athens, Riga, Paris, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Vienna, Milan, and Berlin.

Flights from Kutaisi and back will be available to Vilnius, Riga, Dortmund, and Katowice. 

12:20 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 9 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 305. 

11:35 GMT+4 – Mandatory Quarantine Policy Changed for Georgian Citizens

The Interagency Coordination Council announced changes to Georgia’s mandatory quarantine policy which will come into effect starting October 21. Georgian citizens returning to the country will no longer have to undergo mandatory quarantine, and will self-isolate for 8 days instead, if they present a negative PCR test result upon arrival to Georgia. Georgians who cannot present PCR test results must still undergo mandatory quarantine. 

11:30 GMT+4 – Gov’t Mulls Resuming Several Regular Flights from November

According to Economy Minister Natia Turnava, a new government decision has been issued, determining the schedule for the gradual resumption of regular flights in November. 

According to Turnava, the Georgian government, working with airlines, plans to increase the frequency of existing flights to and from Paris, Munich, and Riga. The resumption of regular flights to “for example, Amsterdam, Vienna, Warsaw, Athens, Vilnius, Dortmund, Katowice, Milan” will also be possible for airlines in November, the Economy Minister said. 

As of now, further details on the resumption of regular flights are unavailable. 

11:20 GMT+4 – Schools with Polling Stations to Use Distance Learning

Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli announced that schools where polling stations are located will switch to distance learning on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 28-30) of election week. According to Chkhenkeli, the three days will be used to prepare the polling stations for election day. 

11:20 GMT+4 – New Regulations Announced for Mtskheta Municipality Restaurants

According to an Interagency Coordination Council decision, restaurants and entertainment facilities in the Municipality of Mtskheta, located north to the capital city of Tbilisi, will be banned from operating after 22:00. The measure is already in place in Tbilisi, and in the western Adjara and Imereti regions. Explaining the measure, the authorities said Tbilisites have started to flock to Mtskheta restaurants after the restrictions came into effect for Tbilisi’s restaurant industry. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to the Georgian authorities, out of the 1,194 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 425 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Imereti region came in second with 372 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 193 were diagnosed in Adjara; 27 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 64 in Shida Kartli; 53 in Kvemo Kartli; 21 in Guria; 9 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 18 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 9 in Racha-Lechkhumi, and 3 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,194 Daily Cases, 328 Recoveries, 15 Fatalities

Georgia has reported record 1,194 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 19,857. In the meantime, 328 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 8,666. 15 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 158. The number of active cases to date stands at 11,033.

Monday, October 19

18:00 GMT+4 – 107 New Cases, 10 Recoveries, 1 More Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 107 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,903. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,197. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in Gudauta Hospital – the 28th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,678.

17:00 GMT+4 – Police Begins Monitoring of Agrarian, Open-Air Markets 

According to a recent Interior Ministry announcement, the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as regional police units have begun monitoring “agrarian and open-air market venues in the capital [Tbilisi] and all major cities of the country”, to ensure the enforcement of COVID-19 prevention rules and recommendations.

13:20 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Says Elections Will Take Place within Constitutional Timeframe

During a government administration meeting, Georgia’s Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia reaffirmed that the upcoming parliamentary elections will take place within the constitutional timeframe. The PM also underscored that the pre-election political process will be unaffected by the pandemic.

After vowing to prepare polling stations in strict accordance with epidemiological recommendations, Gakharia stressed that “[we] must conduct these elections in a dignified, democratic, open, transparent and, most importantly, safe manner.”

13:00 GMT+4 – Russian Mobile Hospital Arrived in Abkhazia

On late October 18, servicemen of a mobile multidisciplinary hospital of the Southern Military District (SMD) have completed their march from the city of Budyonnovsk (Stavropol Krai) to the occupied Abkhazia, Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Russia is deploying the mobile multidisciplinary hospital in Abkhazia at the request of the occupied region challenging dramatic surge in infection cases. 

12:00 GMT+4 – CEC Unveils Voting Procedures for COVID-19-Infected, Self-Isolated Voters

Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC), working in collaboration with the special working group consisting of representatives of the Election Administration, political parties, civil society, and international organizations has unveiled special procedures to ensure election participation for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, as well as for quarantined and self-isolated voters in the October 31 parliamentary elections.

The CEC will establish at least one polling station within the boundaries of district election commissions in municipalities and compose special groups that will transfer ballot boxes to hospitalized and quarantined voters. Self-isolated voters officially registered in relevant databases will be able to apply to the Election Administration and request to be provided with ballot box service.

Each member of the special group and every participant of the election process will be equipped with disposable coats, masks, gloves, protective shields, and sanitary and hygienic tools, fully complying with epidemiologic recommendations.

Special polling stations will not be in touch with other normal polling stations, and the votes are to be counted at special polling stations to ensure transparency of the process. In addition, election observers, media workers, and representatives of the election subjects will be allowed to follow the ballot box and monitor the voting process as well as vote counting.

11:30 GMT+4 – Higher Education Reopens Nationwide

Higher education institutions have reopened nationwide, as announced by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. The Interagency Coordination Council recommended that higher education institutions make use of distance learning when possible, while conducting practical exercises and laboratory work on campus in accordance with epidemiological recommendations. 

11:30 GMT+4 – Public Transport Reopens in Adjara 

As announced by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia on October 15, public transportation in the western Adjara region, including intercity transport, has reopened for use after its operation was banned on September 25 due to a fast rise in COVID-19 cases in the region. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 12 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 296. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 1,186 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 469 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region, came in second with 360 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 99 were diagnosed in Imereti; 73 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 15 in Shida Kartli; 78 in Kvemo Kartli; 25 in Guria; 7 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 14 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 46 in Kakheti.

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,186 Daily Cases, 278 Recoveries, 7 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,186 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 18,663. In the meantime, 278 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 8,338. 7 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 143. The number of active cases to date stands at 10,325.

Sunday, October 18

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 1,192 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 471 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region, came in second with 343 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 211 were diagnosed in Imereti; 45 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 37 in Shida Kartli; 39 in Kvemo Kartli; 18 in Guria; 14 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 13 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 11 in Kakheti.    

11:00 GMT+4 – 1,192 Daily Cases, 233 Recoveries, 8 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 1,192 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 17,477. In the meantime, 233 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 8,060. 8 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 136. The number of active cases to date stands at 9,255.

Saturday, October 17

17:00 GMT+4 – 124 New Cases, 12 Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 93 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,796. In the meantime, 12 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,187. With 27 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,582. 

14:00 GMT+4 – 57 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali, First Fatality Recorded

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 284. The first fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic has been recorded. The deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 88-year-old woman with underlying illnesses.

13:00 GMT+4 – Russian Defense Ministry to Deploy 100-bed Field Hospital in Abkhazia

At the request of occupied Abkhazia, Russian Defense Ministry will deploy 100-bed field hospital with necessary medical equipment in the region aimed at increasing bed capacity and providing medical care to COVID-19 patients, the Russian Defense Ministry reported

The mobile multidisciplinary hospital of Southern Military District has already departed from Russia, marching from the town of Budyonnovsk (Stravropol Krai) to Sokhumi. The medical unit consists of 112 servicemen and 30 units of special military equipment. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 958 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 397 – was confirmed in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region, came in second with 226 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 232 were diagnosed in Imereti; 14 in Shida Kartli; 20 in Kvemo Kartli; 15 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 6 in Guria; 27 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 13 in Kakheti, and 8 in Samtskhe-Javakheti.

Out of the 4 fatalities recorded today, according to Endeladze, 2 passed away in Tbilisi, and 2 in Batumi, Adjara.

11:00 GMT+4 – 958 Daily Cases, 214 Recoveries, 4 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 958 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 16,285. In the meantime, 214 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 7,827. 4 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 128. The number of active cases to date stands at 8,304.

Friday, October 16

18:00 GMT+4 – Sokhumi Opens Enguri Bridge Crossing Point for Pensioners 

Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities opened Enguri bridge crossing point (the only existing passage which links Russian-occupied Abkhazia region to Georgia proper) for Georgian citizens receiving pensions and social assistance. 

The transportation of people from Abkhazia to Samegrelo region will be operated by the UNHCR on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Kremlin-backed Abkhazia closed Enguri bridge crossing point due to COVID-19 outbreak on March 14, 2020. 

17:00 GMT+4 – 93 New Cases, 8 Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 93 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,672. In the meantime, 8 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,175. With 27 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,470. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 30 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali 

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 227.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases, Fatalities

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 887 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 342 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region, while Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, came in second with 277 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 198 were diagnosed in Imereti; 12 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Kvemo Kartli; 10 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 11 in Guria; 22 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 7 in Kakheti;  3 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and 2 in Racha-Lechkhumi. 

Out of the 11 fatalities recorded today, according to Endeladze, 5 passed away in Tbilisi, 3 in Batumi, 2 in Imereti, and 1 in Gori. The number of patients under critical condition stands at over 70. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 887 Daily Cases, 246 Recoveries, 11 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported 887 new daily cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 15,327. In the meantime, 246 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 7,613. 11 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 124. The number of active cases to date stands at 7,564. 

Thursday, October 15

23:00 GMT+4 – 100 New Cases, 67 Recoveries, 4 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 100 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,579. In the meantime, 67 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,167. 4 more patients passed away with 27 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,385. 

19:50 GMT+4 – ‘Patrol-Inspectors’ to Monitor Tbilisi Metro Entrances, Exits, Interior Ministry Says 

According to an announcement made by the Interior Ministry Patrol Police Department, all Tbilisi metro entrances and exits will be actively monitored by so called patrol-inspectors to ensure compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines and recommendations.

“The Ministry of Internal Affairs calls on citizens to wear facemasks, to keep their distance when possible and to obey the instructions of patrol police employees,” the announcement concluded. 

14:00 GMT+4 – 1200 Inpatient Beds to Become Available in Tbilisi

Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze announced today that 4 additional clinics in Tbilisi will be used in the COVID-19 management process, making 1200 inpatient beds available in Georgia’s capital. 

As of now, according to Tikaradze, there are under 4000 inpatient hospital beds, and under 3900 inpatient hotel beds available nationwide for COVID-19 patients. 

13:35 GMT+4 – Higher Education Institutions to Reopen from October 19 Despite Rapid Rise in Cases, PM Gakharia Says 

According to Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia, higher education institutions will reopen on October 19 as planned previously despite the rapid rise in nationwide cases.

Gakharia stated that higher education institutions will be recommended to make use of distance learning when possible, however, students will be able to perform practical exercises and laboratory work on campus. 

13:30 GMT+4 – Changes in International Flights, Quarantine Policy 

Georgia’s Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia announced that flight frequency to and from Paris and Munich will increase before the end of October, while direct flights from Tbilisi and Kutaisi airports to other destinations in Europe will be restored “step by step, but with caution” in November, without providing further details.

Changes in Georgia’s quarantine policy were also announced. According to Gakharia, Georgian citizens returning to the country will no longer have to undergo mandatory quarantine, and will self-isolate for 8 days instead, if they present PCR test results upon arrival. Georgians who fail to present PCR test results must still undergo mandatory quarantine. 

13:25 GMT+4 – Public Transportation to Reopen in Adjara Starting October 19

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced that public transportation, including intercity transport services, will once again become available in the western Adjara region from October 19 onwards.

The use of public transport in Adjara has been banned since September 25. 

13:20 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Announces New Restrictions in Tbilisi, Imereti

As COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, Georgia’s Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia announced that the country will look to new restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. According to the PM, restaurants and entertainment facilities in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi (366 daily cases), and in the western Imereti region (104 daily cases) will be banned from operating past 22:00. The same measure is already in place in the western Adjara region. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 24 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali 

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 24 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 197.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 919 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 366 – was confirmed in Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 286 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 104 were diagnosed in Imereti; 21 in Shida Kartli; 44 in Kvemo Kartli; 11 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 13 in Guria; 57 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 13 in Kakheti;  3 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and 1 in Racha-Lechkhumi. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 919 New Cases, 208 Recoveries, 4 Fatalities 

Georgia has reported a record 919 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 14,440. In the meantime, 208 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 7,367. 4 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 113. The number of active cases to date stands at 6,934. 

Wednesday, October 14

19:30 GMT+4 – 49 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,479. In the meantime, 13 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,100. With 23 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,356.

11:20 GMT+4 – 21 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali 

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 173.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 680 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 297 – was confirmed in Tbilisi, while the western Adjara region came in second with 189 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 150 were diagnosed in Imereti; 12 in Shida Kartli; 11 in Kvemo Kartli; 9 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 6 in Guria; 3 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 2 in Kakheti, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 680 New Cases, 292 More Recoveries, 7 Fatalities

Georgia has reported a record 680 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 13,521. In the meantime, 292 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 7,159. 7 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 109. The number of active cases to date stands at 6,227. 

Tuesday, October 13

19:30 GMT+4 – 87 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2,430. In the meantime, 10 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,087. With 23 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1,320.

19:00 GMT+4 – Ankara Donated Medical Equipment, Medicines to Tbilisi, MFA Says

According to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ambassador of Georgia to Turkey Giorgi Janjgava and Deputy Minister of Health of Turkey Emine Alp Meşe signed an agreement on Donation in the Field of Healthcare.

The MFA stated that Ankara has supplied Tbilisi with “significant medical equipment and medicines”, including respirators, PCR diagnostic kits and personal protective equipment to support the Georgian population during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Underscoring that the humanitarian situation in Georgia’s occupied territories has worsened in the context of the pandemic, the MFA notes that “a large part of the humanitarian aid” will be used to address the needs of populations affected by the Russia-Georgia conflict. 

18:00 GMT+4 – Occupied Abkhazia Asks Russia for a Field Hospital

On October 12, Moscow-backed Abkhaz defense ministry has asked the Russian Ministry of Defense to deploy a 500-bed field hospital in the region experiencing a dramatic surge in infected cases, Apsnypress reported.

In a letter addressed to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Kremlin-backed Abkhaz defense minister Vladimir Anua asked for an urgent medical assistance with a temporary 500-bed field hospital, including medical personnel, specialized equipment and necessary medicines. 

17:00 GMT+4 – 5 Mobile COVID-prevention Groups to be Established

Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, announced today that the Health Ministry has decided to establish 5 mobile COVID-prevention groups comprised of one reanimation personnel, one infectionist, and one representative of the Health Ministry. Out of the 5 mobile groups, one expanded group with the addition of 3 junior doctors will be deployed in the Adjara region, one in the Imerti region, while 3 will remain in Tbilisi . 

According to Tsertsvadze, other than providing medical assistance and recommendations, the mobile groups will also monitor and audit hospitals to help the Health Ministry’s efforts in fighting COVID-19. 

16:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Introduces Additional COVID-19 Measures

On October 13, Moscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have introduced additional COVID-19 measures in the region experiencing a surge in infected cases. 

From October 15 to November 24, Abkhazia prohibits holding mass sports and cultural events. Moreover, theaters, museums, libraries, preschool educational institutions and recreational facilities will be temporarily shut down.

The workers who are above 60 or have preschool (1-4 years old) age children will be exempt from the work responsibilities in the public sector, while acting in the same way is recommended to the private companies similarly. 

15:00 GMT+4 – UNICEF Delivers Medical Aid to Abkhazia

On October 13, the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Sokhumi office delivered medical aid to occupied Abkhazia’s ministry of enlightenment and language policy, Apsnypress reported

According to the report, the humanitarian cargo, including disinfectants, non-contact thermometers and dispensers, will be delivered to all the educational institutes of Abkhazia. 

Head of UNICEF Sokhumi office William Hanlon noted that providing schools with necessary hygiene products is directed to ensure safety of educational process amid pandemic. 

12:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 139.

11:20 GMT+4 – COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 100

Georgia reported 9 more COVID-related fatalities today, taking the total number of fatalities to 102 since the onset of the virus. 5 out of the 9 COVID-related fatalities were located in the western Adjara region. 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, all 9 deceased patients were on assisted ventilation under critical condition. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 569 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 207 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region, followed by Tbilisi with 168 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 117 were diagnosed in Imereti; 25 in Shida Kartli; 7 in Kvemo Kartli; 24 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 8 in Guria; 5 in Kakheti; 5 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 3 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 569 New Cases, 329 More Recoveries, 9 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 569 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 12,841. In the meantime, 329 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 6,867. 9 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 102. The number of active cases to date stands at 5,846.

Monday, October 12

19:00 GMT+4 – 86 New Cases, 25 More Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 for October 11-12, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2343. In the meantime, 25 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 854. With 23 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1467.

17:00 GMT+4 – Around 100,000 Persons Have Lost Income Due to Pandemic

During the introduction of the 2021 state budget to the European Georgia fraction in the Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Finance Giorgi Kakauridze stated that according to the data utilized for governmental financial assistance amid COVID-19 crisis, there are around 100,000 persons that have lost their income. The Deputy Minister noted that the number has been derived from the information provided by companies. “More precise statistics will be available in the end of the year,” said Kakauridze. 

14:40 GMT+4 – 2 More Fatalities Reported, 93 in Total 

Two more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Georgia, taking the number of daily fatalities to 8, and the number of fatalities since the onset of the virus to 93, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 478 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 196 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region, followed by Tbilisi with 178 new cases.

As for the remaining new cases, 65 were diagnosed in Imereti;15 in Kvemo Kartli; 13 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 6 in Shida Kartli; 4 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 1 in Guria.

According to the doctor, out of 50 patients currently on assisted ventilation, 8 have been transferred from occupied Abkhazia and 1 more from the occupied Tskhinvali region for medical treatment.

11:00 GMT+4 – 478 New Cases, 211 More Recoveries, 6 More Fatalities

Georgia has reported 478 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 12,272. In the meantime, 211 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 6,538. 6 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 91. The number of active cases to date stands at 5,734.

10:00 GMT+4 – ‘International Companies’ to Receive Tax Benefits

The Georgian Government announced on October 9 that it will allow companies to obtain “international” status, providing them with the opportunity to receive a number of tax benefits and creating a “comfortable platform” for their operation.

The benefits for international companies will include taxing income from employment at 5%, a profit tax of 5%, and an exemption from property tax (with the exception of land tax).

According to the Georgian authorities, the property tax exemption will only be available for property that is used “for the purpose of carrying out activities permitted by ordinance of the Government of Georgia or is intended for the purpose of carrying out such activities.”

In addition, the Georgian Government announced that dividends issued by international companies will not be taxable at source and will not be included in the gross income of the dividend recipient.

According to the Georgian authorities, the benefits will firstly come into effect for maritime and IT companies.

The Georgian Government expressed hope that the benefits will stimulate local companies to develop and expand, while also spurring interest among major international companies to operate in Georgia.

Sunday, October 11

11:00 GMT+4 – 523 New Cases, 208 More Recoveries, 7 More Fatalities

Georgia has reported 523 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 11,794. In the meantime, 208 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 6,327. 7 more COVID-related fatalities were recorded, taking the overall number of Georgia’s (excluding occupied territories) COVID-related deaths to 85. 

Saturday, October 10

19:00 GMT+4 – 87 New Cases, 15 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 87 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2257. In the meantime, 15 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 829. With 21 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1407.

12:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 129.

11:05 – Regional Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 519 new cases, 222 were revealed in the Adjara region, 137 were recorded in the capital city of Tbilisi, 99 in western Imereti region, 31 in southern Kvemo Kartli, 10 cases were recorded in western Guria region and east-central Mtskheta-Mtianeti region each, 7 cases were recorded in central Shida Kartli region, 5 cases were confirmed in western Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, three cases were revealed in Kakheti, and one case was recorded in southern Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Four cases were imported, Endeladze added.

11:00 GMT+4 – 519 New Cases, 253 More Recoveries, 6 More Deaths

Georgia has reported 519 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 11,271. In the meantime, 253 more patiens have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 6,119. 

Six more fatalities were recorded, bringing Georgia’s tally of COVID-related deaths to 78. According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, four of them have died in the western Adjara region, the hotspot of the country’s COVID outbreak. The four women – 65, 76, 80 and 90 – had severe underlying conditions, Endeladze said. 

The number of active cases to date stands at 5,048.

Friday, October 9

19:00 GMT+4 – 99 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries, 2 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 99 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2170. In the meantime, 3 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 814. Two COVID-19-infected patients died in Gudauta Hospital – 21 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1335.

12:00 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 119.

11:20 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 527 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 190 – was again confirmed in the western Adjara region, while daily infection cases continue to spike in Tbilisi, reaching 179.

As for the remaining new cases, 91 were located in Imereti; 28 in Kvemo Kartli; 11 in Kakheti; 10 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 3 in Guria, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 

All 6 deceased patients, with the age ranging from 55 to 81 years, were suffering from severe underlying diseases, Endeladze said.

According to the doctor, Georgia is now treating 63 critically ill patients, including 9 patients on assisted ventilation who have been transferred from occupied Abkhazia, and 1 more person transferred from the occupied Tskhinvali region for medical treatment.

11:00 GMT+4 – 527 New Cases, 313 Recoveries, 6 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 527 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 10,752. In the meantime, 313 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 5,866. Record daily 6 fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 72. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 4,788.

Thursday, October 8

19:00 GMT+4 – 95 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries, 3 Fatalities in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 95 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 2071. In the meantime, 13 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 811. Three COVID-19-infected patients died in Gudauta Hospital – 19 recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1241.

12:00 GMT+4 – 12 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 123.

11:30 GMT+4 – Separate Group of Reanimation Personnel to be Established, PM Says 

As COVID-related fatalities increase nationwide, Georgian Prime Minister (PM) Giorgi Gakharia spoke about the decision to establish a separate group of reanimation medical personnel, which will lead the management of severe and critical patients throughout the country.

According to PM Gakharia, the management process will be carried out in full coordination with the clinical group headed by Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases.

11:20 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 472 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 230 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. COVID-19 cases have also spiked in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, with 134 new daily cases reported. 

As for the remaining new cases, 68 were located in Imereti; 8 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 8 in Kvemo Kartli; 8 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 5 in Guria; 6 in Shida Kartli; 5 in Kakheti, and 5 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

All three deceased patients were receiving care in the western Adjara region, according to Endeladze. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 472 New Cases, 318 Recoveries, 3 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 472 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 10,225. In the meantime, 318 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 5,553. 3 more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 66. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 4,580.

Wednesday, October 7

19:00 GMT+4 – 108 New Cases, 13 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 108 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1976. In the meantime, 13 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 668. With 16 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1292.

14:30 GMT+4 – 63rd Fatality Reported, 5th Today, Had Underlying Conditions 

A 63rd COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, the fifth today, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. The deceased was an Interior Ministry employee working for the Adjara Police Department as a Detective’s assistant – investigator.

According to the Interior Ministry, the 51-year-old deceased tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1 and was receiving care at the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. He had a number of underlying conditions, including pulmonary pneumonia, ischemic heart disease, and diabetes mellitus.

13:30 GMT+4 – COVID-19 Medical Personnel to Receive Additional 50% of Salary

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, all medical personnel involved in the coronavirus management process will receive 50% of their salary as a supplement to their existing monthly wage.

Doctors, nurses, infectious disease specialists, junior doctors, reanimation personnel, and therapists involved in coronavirus management will be affected by the wage increase.

13:00 GMT+4 – Foreign Visitors Will Undergo Fast Antigen Testing, NCDC Heads Says

As announced by Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze, foreign citizens visiting Georgia will undergo fast antigen testing following an 8-day mandatory quarantine period.

According to Gamkrelidze, visitors will be able to return to normal life if fast antigen testing shows a negative result. In cases with positive results, foreign visitors will have to undergo PCR testing. 

12:00 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 111.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 508 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 259 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. COVID-19 cases have also spiked in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, with 111 new daily cases reported. 

As for the remaining new cases, 91 were located in Imereti; 25 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 8 in Guria; 5 in Kvemo Kartli; 5 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 2 in Shida Kartli, and 2 in Kakheti.

According to Endeladze, 2 of the deceased patients, a 65-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man, were from Adjara. An 88-year-old female from Terjola, and an 83-year old female from Tbilisi also passed away from COVID-19-related health complications. The number of critical patients stands at 58. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 508 New Cases, 348 Recoveries, 4 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 508 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 9,753. In the meantime, 348 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 5,235. 4 more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 62. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 4,430. 

Tuesday, October 6 

19:00 GMT+4 – 103 New Cases, 15 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 103 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1868. In the meantime, 15 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 655. With 15 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1198.

12:00 GMT+4 – 2 New Cases Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 106.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 549 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 348 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 99 new cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 59 in Imereti; 19 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 10 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; 4 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Guria; 3 in Kakheti; 1 in Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti; 1 in Kvemo Kartli, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti.

Also according to Endeladze, 55 patients are in critical condition, out of which 9 are patients that were transferred from Abkhazia to seek care. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 549 New Cases, 268 Recoveries, 4 Fatalities

Georgia has reported 549 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 9,245. In the meantime, 268 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 4,887. Four more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 58. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 4,274. 

Monday, October 5

19:00 GMT+4 – 49 New Cases, 19 More Recoveries, 15th Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 49 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1765. In the meantime, 19 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 640. Two COVID-19-infected patients died in Gudauta Hospital – the 15th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1110.

13:45 GMT+4 – 54th Fatality Reported, 4th Today 

A 54th COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, the fourth today, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. 

13:30 GMT+4 – COVID-19 Contacts Must Undergo Self-isolation without Testing, NCDC Head Says. 

As announced by Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze, a resolution has been submitted to the Health Ministry, according to which close contacts with COVID-19-positive citizens, including family and work contacts, must be directly transferred to self-isolation without any testing.

If contacts show no symptoms, such as cough, fewer, or shortness of breath, for 12 days after self-isolation, they may return to normal life without further testing, according to Gamkrelidze. 

13:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia COVID-19 Measures Come into Force

On October 5, the new restrictive measures aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the occupied region of Abkhazia came into force. 

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.

12:30 GMT+4 – 53rd Fatality Reported, 3rd Today 

Georgian authorities have reported another COVID-19-related fatality; the third today. The total number of fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic stands at 53.

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, the 3rd deceased was receiving care in Kutaisi at the Bomondi Clinic. 

11:20 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 578 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 416 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 72 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 44 in Imereti; 23 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 10 in Kvemo Kartli; 8 in Guria; 1 in Shida Kartli; 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; and 1 in Kakheti;  Also, according to Endeladze, out of 45 critically ill patients, 43 are on assisted ventilation, including 9 patients transferred from occupied Abkhazia.

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 578 New Cases, 375 More Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities

Georgia has reported 578 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 8,696. In the meantime, 375 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 4,619. Two more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 52. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 3,999. 

Sunday, October 4

19:00 GMT+4 – 57 New Cases, 19 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 67 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1716. In the meantime, 19 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 621. With 13 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1079.

11:20 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 554 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 370 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 65 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 63 in Imereti; 28 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 11 in Kvemo Kartli; 6 in Guria; 6 in Shida Kartli; 4 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 1 in Kakheti;  Also, according to Endeladze, out of 43 critically ill patients, 41 are on assisted ventilation, including 9 patients transferred from occupied Abkhazia.

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 554 New Cases, 252 More Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities

Georgia has reported 554 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 8,118. In the meantime, 252 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 4,244. Two more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 50. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 3,798. 

Saturday, October 3

19:00 GMT+4 – 69 New Cases, 12 More Recoveries, 13th Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 67 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1659. In the meantime, 12 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 602. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in Gudauta Hospital – the 13th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 1044.

12:00 GMT+4 – 2 New Case Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 104.

11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 471 New Cases, 278 More Recoveries, 2 More Fatalities

Georgia has reported 471 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 7,564. In the meantime, 271 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,992. Two more fatalities were recorded, with the number of COVID-related deaths standing at 48. The number of active cases according to NCDC Georgia to date stands at 3,498. 

Friday, October 2

19:00 GMT+4 – 65 New Cases, 32 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 65 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1590. In the meantime, 32 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 590. With 12 fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 988.

13:00 GMT+4 – 2 More Recoveries in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported two more recoveries from COVID-19, while new cases of infection have not been confirmed. The number of confirmed cases in the region to date stands at 102.

12:00 GMT+4 – 3 More Deaths Reported

Georgian Authorities have reported 3 more COVID-19-related fatalities today, bringing the number of daily deaths to 5 and overall fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic to 46.

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, all 5 patients had underlying diseases and one of the deceased was a citizen of Georgia from occupied Ochamchire district, Abkhazia.

11:20 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 453 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 297 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 78 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 52 in Imereti; 6 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 6 in Guria; 6 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Kakheti; 2 in Kvemo Kartli; 2 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti; and 1 Samtskhe-Javakheti. Also, according to Endeladze, 9 patients transferred from occupied Abkhazia are on assisted ventilation.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 453 Daily Cases, 295 Recoveries, 2 More Patients Died

Georgia has reported a record 453 daily new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 7093. In the meantime, 295 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,714. Two new fatalities were reported by the NCDC, with the number of total COVID-19-related deaths reaching 43. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,310. 

Thursday, October 1

19:00 GMT+4 – 67 New Cases, 8 More Recoveries, 12th Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 67 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1525. In the meantime, 28 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 558. Another COVID-19-infected patient died in Gudauta Hospital – the 12th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 955.

15:40 GMT+1 – 41st Fatality Reported, 2nd Today

Georgian authorities have reported another COVID-19-related fatality; the second today. The total number of fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic stands at 41.

According to information provided by the Adjara Health Ministry, the deceased was an 82-year-old male who was receiving care at the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. The patient was also suffering from acute heart failure.

11:30 GMT+4 – 40th Fatality Reported, Had Underlying Conditions

Georgian authorities have reported another COVID-19-related fatality; the first today. The total number of fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic stands at 40. 

The deceased was a 81-year-old man receiving care at the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. The patient was suffering from bilateral pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, and exacerbation of chronic kidney disease. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 448 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 241 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 62 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 15 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 9 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 7 in Guria and Shida Kartli, and 2 in Kakheti. Also according to Endeladze, the number of imported cases stands at 6. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Record 448 Daily Cases, 299 Recoveries

Georgia has reported a record daily 448 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 6,640. In the meantime, 299 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 3,419. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,155. 

10:00 GMT+4 – 2 New Case Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 102. 

9:00 GMT+4 – Schools Reopen for Grades 1 to 6

In accordance with the Interagency Coordination Council announcement, schools  in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi and Zugdidi have reopened for students in grades 1 to 6. All students, regardless of their grade, can go back to school in Gori and Poti. Distance learning will continue to be an available option. 

Wednesday, September 30

19:00 GMT+4 – 71 New Cases, 32 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 71 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1458. In the meantime, 32 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 530. With 11 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 917. 

13:30 GMT+4 – 3rd Recorded Death in a Day

Georgian authorities have reported 3rd COVID-19-related fatality in one day, with the total number of deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic reaching 39.

12:30 GMT+4 – 38th Fatality Reported, 2nd in One Day, Had Underlying Conditions

The government-run website Stopcov.ge reports 2nd COVID-19-related fatality for September 30, bringing the overall death toll in Georgia to 38.

According to the Adjara Health Ministry, the 61-year old woman was admitted to the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital last night in critical condition as she was suffering from pneumonia and heart failure. 

11:20 GMT+4 – 37th Deceased Had Underlying Conditions

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, the 37th COVID-related death was a 69-year-old man receiving care at the Bomondi Clinic in Kutaisi. Endeladze claims the patient had bilateral pneumonia, chronic lung disease, respiratory diseases, and atrial fibrillation. 

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 326 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 235 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 30 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 38 in Imereti; 14 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 6 in Guria; 1 in Kakheti; 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, and 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti. 

11:00 – Five More Cases in Tskhinvali, Total Hits 100

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of the region’s total confirmed cases to 100. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Record 326 Daily New Cases, 37th Fatality Reported

Georgia has reported a record 326 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 6,192. According to latest data from NCDC Georgia,  the number of recoveries has reached 3,120. NCDC Georgia also reported another – 37th – COVID-related fatality. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,009.

Tuesday, September 29

19:00 GMT+4 – 35 New Cases, 59 More Recoveries, 11th Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 35 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1387. In the meantime, 59 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 494, and another COVID-19-infected patient died – the 11th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 884. 

18:30 GMT+4 – Death Toll Reaches 36 as 2 More Fatalities Are Reported

The government-run website stopcov.ge reports two new COVID-19-related fatalities – bringing the number of daily deaths to 4 as the overall death toll in Georgia reaches 36. 

14:50 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Region to Prepare up to 100 Inpatient Beds

According to Alla Chochieva, deputy minister of health in the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Moscow-backed authorities in the region will deploy up to 100 inpatient beds with ventilators for COVID-19 patients. The announcement follows a reported visit to the region by health experts from the Russian Federation. 

According to Chochieva, patients with mild symptoms will be able to be treated on an outpatient basis at home.

14:00 GMT+4 – New Case Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported one new case of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 95. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at five. 

13:00 GMT+4 – 34th Fatality Reported, 2nd Today, Had Underlying Chronic Diseases

A 34th COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, the second today, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. 

Based on information provided by Sachkhere Medical Center Director Mikheil Kamushadze, the patient was a man from Kutaisi under the age of 70, who was receiving care in Sachkhere after testing positive for the virus. Other than developing pneumonia, the deceased was already suffering from tuberculosis.

11:30 GMT+4 – 7 Patients on Assisted Ventilation from Abkhazia

According to Marina Endeladze from Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 23 critical COVID-19-infected patients currently on assisted ventilation in Georgia, 7 have been transferred from occupied Abkhazia for medical treatment.

11:20 GMT+4 – 33rd Deceased, 55, Had Multiple Underlying Diseases

The 33rd deceased COVID-19-infected patient was a 55-year-old woman from the Adjara region with multiple chronic underlying illnesses, including diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart failure, and myocardial infarction, Marina Endeladze from Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases confirmed today.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 314 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest number – 225 – was confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 35 cases were confirmed in the capital of Tbilisi; 38 in Imereti; 18 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 9 in Shida Kartli; 3 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; and 1 in Kvemo Kartli and Guria each.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 314 Daily New Cases and 270 New Recoveries, 33rd Fatality Reported 

Georgia has reported record 314 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 5,866. In the meantime, 270 more patients have recovered (daily record), taking the number of recoveries to 2,324. NCDC Georgia also reported another – 33rd – COVID-related fatality. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,483. 

Monday, September 28

19:00 GMT+4 – 20 New Cases, 34 More Recoveries, 10th Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 20 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1352. In the meantime, 34 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 434, and another COVID-19-infected patient died – the 10th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 908. 

17:30 GMT+4 – 735 Inpatient Beds Still Available

According to the Georgian Ministry of Health, as of now, there are 735 inpatient beds available for COVID-19 patients nationwide. 

17:05 GMT+4 – 32nd Fatality Reported, 4th Today

A 32nd COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, the fourth today, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. 

According to Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, the deceased was a 57-year-old man with underlying conditions who was receiving treatment at the Tbilisi Republican Hospital. 

13:00 GMT+4 – Schools in Ozurgeti Switch to Distance Learning

According to Head of the Ozurgeti Educational Resource Center Lela Imedashvili, schools in Ozurgeti, city in the western Guria region, will switch to distance learning due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Classroom attendance will continue in Chokhatauri and Lanchkhuti. 

12:00 GMT+4 – Changes in Assessing the Recovery Status of Asymptomatic Individuals

According to Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia, individuals who display no symptoms on the 12th day after a positive test result will be considered healthy and will be able to return to normal social life without repeated testing. This scheme for granting recovery status to asymptomatic persons will be reflected in the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

“According to public health experts, the recommendations in this regard have been changed around the world. In particular, based on the announcements made by the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, eight days after the onset of symptoms, the person is practically no longer contagious, the test may be positive, although the ability of the virus to infect another person is minimal or virtually non-existent,” the Deputy Health Minister explained. 

As for symptomatic patients, the minimum length of hospital stay for patients in a clinic is 13 days before recovery, which include ten days of symptoms and a 3-day asymptomatic period.

11:30 GMT+4 – Preschool and Higher Education Reopening Dates Announced

Georgian Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli announced that preschools will reopen nationwide starting from October 12, except for in Adjara. Higher education institutions are scheduled to reopen for classroom attendance starting from October 19, with the exception also being universities in the western Adjara region. 

Chkhenkeli reiterated that school students in grades 1 to 6 will have the option to return to classroom attendance starting from October 1. However, distance learning will continue to be an available option. 

11:20 GMT+4 – All Three Deceased Had Underlying Conditions

With three more COVID-related fatalities reported in Georgia today, the total number of fatalities reached 31. According to information provided by the Ministry of Health of Adjara and Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, all three deceased had underlying conditions. 

The first deceased patient, a 65-year-old man, was receiving care at the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. The patient’s condition was assessed as critical upon admission to the clinic as he suffered from a myocardial infarction, diabetes, and bilateral hydrothorax.

The second deceased, a 70-year-old male, was also receiving care at the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. His condition was evaluated as difficult when he entered the clinic, given that the patient underwent a stroke and a vegetative state.

The third deceased, according to Marina Endeladze, was a 57-year-old woman receiving care in Tbilisi. The patient developed severe respiratory distress syndrome due to her preexisting underlying conditions.

11:15 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 298 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, 175 were confirmed in the western Adjara region. 

As for the remaining new cases, 38 cases were confirmed in Imereti; 32 in Tbilisi; 16 in Guria; 14 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 11 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 7 in Kvemo Kartli, and 4 in Kakheti. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali Region’s Chief Sanitary Doctor Tests Positive for COVID-19

Marina Kochieva, the chief sanitary doctor of occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, S. Ossetian press reports. Kochieva confirmed that her test showed a positive result, noting that she will work remotely.

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali recorded 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic.

11:00 GMT+4 – Record 298 Daily New Cases, 148 New Recoveries, 3 Fatalities Reported 

Georgia has reported a record 298 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 5,552. In the meantime, 148 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 2,054. NCDC Georgia also reported 3 more COVID-related fatalities, with the total number of fatalities reaching 31. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,441. 

Sunday, September 27

19:00 GMT+4 – 46 New Cases, 31 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Kremlin-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 46 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the occupied region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 1,332. In the meantime, 31 new patients have recovered, taking the overall number of recoveries to 400. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 923. 

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 294 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the greatest number – 193 – was once again confirmed in the western Adjara region.

As for the remaining new cases, 46 cases were confirmed in Tbilisi; 16 in Guria; 14 in Imereti; 11 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 5 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, 5 in Kvemo Kartli, 4 in Shida Kartli; 2 in Kakheti, and 1 in Mtskheta-Mtianeti. 

10:30 GMT+4 – 294 New Cases, 87 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 294 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country (excluding occupied territories) to 5,254. In the meantime, 87 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1,906. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,294. 

Saturday, September 26

19:00 GMT+4 – 41 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries, 9th Fatality Reported in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 41 cases of COVID-19 overnight, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1286. In the meantime, 3 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 369, and another COVID-19-infected patient died – the 9th recorded fatality since the outbreak of the pandemic. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 908. 

16:00 – 28th Fatality Reported

A 28th COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge.

15:50- Interior Ministry Launches Investigation on Death of a Person in Telavi Quarantine Zone

According to the Interior Ministry, investigation was launched on incitement to  suicide, under Article 115 of Criminal Code of Georgia.

Interior Ministry states that investigation has established that personnel of one of the hotels in Telavi, where a quarantine zone is arranged, found the body of a 29-year-old man who had been quarantined after returning from France on September 24.

Interior Ministry says that the body has been transferred for autopsy.

11:00 GMT+4 – Breakdown of Cases 

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 296 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the greatest number – 166 – was once again confirmed in the western Adjara region.

As for the remaining new cases, 55 cases were confirmed in the Imereti region; 41 in Tbilisi; 18 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 9 in Guria; 3 in Kvemo Kartli; 1 in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and 1 in Kakheti. 

10:30 GMT+4 – Record 296 Daily New Cases, 60 New Recoveries

Georgia has reported 296 new cases of COVID-19, another daily record, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 4,960. In the meantime, 60 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1819. The number of active cases to date stands at 3,088.  

Friday, September 25

19:00 GMT+4 – 68 New Cases, 6 More Recoveries in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 68 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1245. In the meantime, 6 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 366. With 8 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 871. 

17:37 GMT+4 – Two New Cases in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia have reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 93. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at three. 

11:40 GMT + 4 – 27th Deceased Had Underlying Conditions

The 27th reported COVID-related fatality was a 54-year-old male who had a number of underlying conditions according to the chief physician of the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital.

The patient was admitted to the Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital on September 20 in critical condition and passed away on September 25 at 10:00 AM. Other than testing positive for the coronavirus, the deceased was suffering from 80% lung damage, thymus cancer, cardiac failure, respiratory failure, and fever. 

11:10 GMT+4  – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of the 265 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the greatest number – 165 – was once again confirmed in the western Adjara region.

As for the remaining new cases, 27 cases were confirmed in the Imereti region; 6 in Kakheti; 43 in Tbilisi; 6 in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; 5 in Samtskhe-Javakheti; 3 in Kvemo Kartli, and 2 in Shida Kartli. 

11:00 GMT+4 – 265 New Cases, 54 More Recoveries, 27th Fatality Reported

Georgia has reported 265 new cases of COVID-19 virus, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 4,664. In the meantime, 54 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1759. NCDC Georgia also reported another COVID-related fatality, with the total number of fatalities reaching 27. The number of active cases to date stands at 2,853.

Thursday, September 24

19:00 GMT+4 – 61 New Cases, 30 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 1177. In the meantime, 30 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 360. With 8 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 809. 

17:30 GMT+4 – New Case Revealed in Tskhinvali

Moscow-backed authorities in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia have reported one new case of COVID-19, in the village of Tsinagari. 

Russian-backed authorities state this is the first recorded case of COVID-19 since August 30, making it the 91th infection and the only active case of the virus at the moment.  

13:50 GMT+4 – Schools to Reopen Starting October 1 

Head of the Government Administration Natia Mezvrishvili announced that students in grades 1 to 6 will be able to physically attend classes in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi and Zugdidi. All students in Gori and Poti will be going back to school from October 1, regardless of their grade.

Education institutions in the Adjara region will remain closed until further notice, according to the Interagency Coordination Council. 

13:50 GMT+4 – New Restrictions Announced in Adjara Region 

Starting from September 25, restaurants operating in the western Adjara region will no longer be able to serve customers past 22:00, according to Natia Mezvrishvili, head of the Government Administration. 

The Interagency Coordination Council also announced that all public transportation in the region will be temporarily suspended to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

13:30 GMT+426th Fatality Reported

A 26th COVID-19-related death was reported in Georgia, according to recently released data on Stopcov.ge. NCDC head Amiran Gamkrelidze said the deceased was a 70-year-old male from the Adjara region who was already suffering from ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease upon entering the hospital on September 17.

11:20 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Claims Systemic Restrictions not on the Agenda

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia commented on the spike in COVID-19 cases, and assured the public that the “healthcare system is fully ready to clinically manage this process.” However, the PM added that “the virus has gone nowhere”, and that citizens must learn to “coexist with the virus.”

PM Gakharia underlined that  the virus should be contained through “discipline”, instead of imposing restrictions and closing down the economy. According to the PM, any theoretical restriction that could be put in place would be “purposive” and “local”, not “systemic”. “We cannot afford systemic restrictions in areas of our lives such as the economy, education, and the election process,” the PM said. PM Gakharia also announced that the Interagency Coordination Council will be meeting today to discuss ways to reopen education institutions, while taking existing risks into account.

11:10 GMT+4 – Breakdown of New Cases

According to Marina Endeladze, Department Head at Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, out of 259 infections diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the biggest number – 164 – was again confirmed in the western Adjara region. As for the other parts of Georgia, 34 were confirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi, 22 in the western Imereti region (15 in Kutaisi, 1 in Terjola, 3 in Tskaltubo, 1 in Sachkhere, 2 in Bagdati), 15 in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, 1 in the city of Gori, 1 in Marneuli, 1 in Mtskheta and 5 new cases were imported from abroad.

11:00 GMT+4 – 259 New Cases, 62 More Recoveries

Georgia has reported 259 new cases of COVID-19 virus, increasing the tally of total confirmed cases to 4399. In the meantime, 62 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1705. With the total number of fatalities reaching 25, the number of active cases to date stands at 2643.

Wednesday, September 23

19:30 GMT+4 – 62 New Cases, 19 Recoveries, 1 More Fatality in Abkhazia

Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 62 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 1116. In the meantime, 19 more persons have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 330. With 8 recorded fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of active cases in the region to date stands at 778. 

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

The United States (U.S) European Command (EUCOM) has donated a USD 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, 75 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1649. NCDC Georgia also noted another fatality, with the total number of fatalities reaching 24. The number of active cases to date stands at 2441.

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, increasing the number of COVID-related deaths in the country to 22. 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 3,695. In the meantime, 40 more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 1,534. 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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