10 more Georgian soldiers test positive for coronavirus in Afghanistan

  •  As of today 38 Georgian soldiers have contracted the coronavirus in Afghanistan. Photo: NATO press office. 

Agenda.ge, 17 Jul 2020 - 11:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Ten more Georgian soldiers have tested positive for the coronavirus in Afghanistan and have been transported home to Georgia by the German Air Force earlier today. 

Twenty-eight other Georgian soldiers in the NATO Resolute Support mission tested positive for the virus on July 10. 

Eight of the 28 soldiers, who underwent treatment in Gori hospital of central Georgia, have already recovered. 

The Georgian Defence Ministry says that all the 38 soldiers belong to one cluster that an Afghan personnel was the source of the infection. 

The soldiers suffer from a mild form of the virus, doctors in Gori hospital say. 

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.