13 new coronavirus cases reported in Georgia - total of 46 recovered, 3 deaths

  • As of April 8 Georgia has 157 active cases of the coronavirus. Photo: Interior Ministry press office. Photo: Interior Ministry press office.

Agenda.ge, 8 Apr 2020 - 11:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus today, bringing the total number of cases to 208. 

Of the 208 individuals, 46 have recovered, while three others have died. 

Two of the new patients are the employees of the National Bank of Georgia. 

Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases Marina Ezugbaia said today that as of now there are eight COVID-19 patients in the hospital related to the bank. 

She says that the source of the virus in the bank has not been identified so far.

As of now 157 individuals remain infected with the virus in the country. 

4,674 people are under quarantine in Georgia, while 362 others are in hospitals. 

Head of the National Disease Control Centre Amiran Gamkrelidze says that April and the first two weeks of May will be “particularly complicated'' for Georgia. 

We are likely to have about 400 people infected with COVID-19 by the end of the week,” Gamkrelidze said. 

Gamkrelidze says that the country is waiting for more infected patients in the coming days. Photo: NCDC of Georgia.

He stated that many patients, who have mild forms of the virus, are undergoing treatment at home in many foreign states. 

However, we prefer to have all patients in hospitals while we have places there,” Gamkrelidze said. 

Georgian Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze says that as of today the country has enough resources to provide treatment for about 3,500 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and another 5,000 can be placed under the supervision of trained medical personnel.

Tikaradze said that there are currently 700 ventilators in the country which is 'absolutely sufficient’ at the moment.

More than 1.4 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide as of April 6.

As for neighbouring countries Turkey has had 34,109 cases, Armenia 853 -  cases, Azerbaijan - 717 cases and Russia - 7,497 cases.