The Georgian government has announced that it is working in an emergency, round-the-clock regime after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of China-born Covid-19 virus a pandemic.
.@WHO is deeply concerned by the alarming levels of the #coronavirus spread, severity & inaction, & expects to see the number of cases, deaths & affected countries climb even higher. Therefore, we made the assessment that #COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic. https://t.co/97XSmyigME pic.twitter.com/gSqFm947D8— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 11, 2020
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated earlier today that the emergency mode will help the state, which has 24 confirmed cases of the respiratory infection, to cope with the virus-related challenge more effectively.
We can say that as of now we are able to cope with the challenge. However, we have no right to slow down our efforts or become self-satisfied,” Gakharia said.
The Georgian man who was first who tested positive for Covid-19 on February 26 was checked again at hospital yesterday and he still has the virus. Photo: 1TV.
Georgian Health officials say that none of the cases reported so far have been cases of internal transmission – that is, when an individual inside the country got infected by another individual who traveled abroad and spread the virus to other people inside the country.
Of the 24 infected two were in Iran, while 22 others either traveled in Italy or had contact with those who traveled in the country.
Among the 24 infected, one is a 12-year-old and he suffers from a mild form of the virus.
The condition of only one infected individual is severe.
The latest case was confirmed yesterday as a 19-year-old, who was in isolation due to the contact with those who traveled in Italy, tested positive.
295 are under quarantine in Georgia as of today, while 49 others remain at hospitals due to suspicious symptoms.