Health officials: no threat to academic year, elections, if Georgia maintains low infection rate

Head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze has urged people to stick to hygiene recommendations. Photo: NCDC press office., 15 Jun 2020 - 13:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze says the academic year will begin in September and the parliamentary elections will be held in October without any problems if Georgia maintains the current rate of infection.

We are keeping the situation under full control for now. However, everything is dependent on us. If we stick to the recommendations and act as we acted in previous months, there will be no sharp increase in coronavirus cases. Moreover, Georgia may avoid a second wave of the virus (which is forecasted in the autumn),” Gamkrelidze said earlier today.

He stated that if individuals act freely, attend public gatherings and fail to stick to general recommendations and rules, there might be the need for a repeated state of emergency. 

Gemlrelidze said that the slight increase in the coronavirus cases over the past several days was expected as the state of emergency and many other restrictions have been lifted. 

Elections in Georgia can be held either in spring or autumn, according to the Georgian constitution. Photo: Nino Alavidze/

He stated that Georgia will maintain quarantine zones ‘which are one of the best measures to prevent the spread of the virus.’

Gamkrelidze said that medical personnel will be tested for COVID-19 once every two weeks. 

He stated that 25 clinics in Georgia will be able to conduct PCR tests.

Parliamentary elections in Georgia are currently stated to take place at the end of October 2020, but will not take place if another state of emergency is announced. 

If the elections are conducted in December instead of October 2020, the parliament will be valid for four years and 10 months, instead of four years and the following parliamentary elections will be held in 2025 instead of 2024.