34 Georgians evacuated from China screen negative for coronavirus

All of the 34 citizens were brought to Georgia on a special plane, provided by the government have been medically examined upon arrival. Photo: Georgian Heath Ministry/Facebook

Agenda.ge, 22 Feb 2020 - 17:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has evacuated 34 of its citizens from China amid the coronavirus outbreak. Although none of them have the symptoms of the China-born virus, they will still be placed in two-week quarantine.

Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze explained earlier today that the Georgian citizens, who were evacuated from China on a special plane, provided by the Georgian Government, have been medically examined upon arrival.

Amiran Gamkrelidze. Photo: National Centre for Disease Control ​​​​​​/Facebook

Gamkrelidze said, they were also asked to provided information about their recent travel record, because, reportedly, some of them might have had communication with those infected with coronavirus.

This was the reason behind a decision to send all of the 34 Georgian citizens to the western Georgian region of Imereti, where they will be provided with the necessary care.

I hereby underscore that none of them has temperature or other suspicious symptoms, which is essential for coronavirus, but nevertheless, it is necessary for them to spend two weeks in quarantine under relevant medical observation”, Gamkrelidze added.

Georgia has temporarily suspended direct flights with China to prevent the spread of coronavirus until March 29. However, those Georgian citizens, who were willing to leave China maid the coronavirus outbreak and return home, were evacuated earlier this month. 

Although Amiran Gamkrelidze stated in late January that there was a "low chance" that a new strain of a coronavirus that originates in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province would reach Georgia, passengers travelling from China to Georgia are being examined upon arrival.