Batumi, Kutaisi cities reopen, but thermo screening checkpoints remain

Imereti governor Zviad Shalamberidze says that there has been no increase in COVID-19 patients in the Imereti region over the past several days. Photo: Zviad Shalamberidze’s press office., 05 May 2020 - 13:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

Batumi and Kutaisi cities, which were put on lockdown on April 15 to contain the spread of COVID-19, have reopened earlier today.

Imereti Governor Zviad Shalamberidze says that checkpoints will remain at several locations in the city to thermoscreen people. 

Lifting the restrictions for Batumi and Kutaisi means that vehicles will be allowed to leave or enter the cities. 

However, the nationwide curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. remains in force.  

Shalamberidze stated that lifting the restrictions has not encouraged busy traffic. 

Kutaisi and Batumi have been on lockdown for 20 days. Photo: Zviad Shalamberidze's press office. 

The employees of various companies and enterprises were allowed to move during the restrictions and the people who needed medical care. We have had no serious increase in vehicles on the streets after lifting the restriction today,” Shalamberidze said. 

He stated that the epidemiological situation in Kutaisi has not changed in the past four days. 

Tbilisi and Rustavi will remain on lockdown, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said yesterday, adding that the restrictions may be lifted by the end of the week. 

Georgia has reported 11 new cases of coronavirus earlier today, bringing the total number of cases to 604. 

240 of the 604 patients have recovered, while nine others have died. 

As of today 353 people remain infected with COVID-19 in Georgia.