Twenty-eight Georgian soldiers from NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been brought home with the help of the German Air Force earlier today, the Georgian Defence Ministry reports.
The ministry says that an Afghan personnel was the source of the infection.
The soldiers, who are undergoing treatment in Gori military hospital of central Georgia, suffer from a mild form of the virus, doctors say.
The soldiers have been transported to Georgia with a charter flight several weeks before the completion of the mission. Other Georgian soldiers who will return to the country after the completion of the mission will have to spend two weeks in quarantine,” said the ministry.
Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Resolute Support mission with 871 soldiers.
The Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan was launched in 2015 and involves more than 16,000 personnel from nearly 40 NATO member and partner countries.
The mission serves to train, advise and assist Afghan defence and security forces and support them through funding.
As of today 112 people remain infected with the coronavirus in Georgia. There are thirty-one Georgian citizens, including the soldiers, who tested positive for the coronavirus abroad and are now undergoing treatment in Georgia.