Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili has stated that products that are exported from Marneuli and Bolnisi quarantine zones in the country's east are ‘absolutely safe and harmless’ in terms of spread of the new coronavirus – COVID-19.
Products has to be brought from Marneuli and Bolnisi Municipalities and delivered to the Georgian markets, because it is absolutely safe and harmless. It is important that people who have been placed under quarantine not to leave the areas. Soon we will have much more organized trading space in the region in order to import and export locally produced products out of the quarantined regions”, said Davitashvili.
Marneuli and Bolnisi municipalities were placed under lockdown after a local, 62-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22.
Movement inside the municipality is strongly controlled. Locals are able to carry out agricultural work only in line with strict rules, also, to move about only to buy food, medical products or see a doctor.
Medics in the region have checked 20,000 individuals for suspicious symptoms of the coronavirus, of which 25 have been found to have a fever.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has reached 73 in Georgia, with 10 people having recovered since the beginning of the outbreak.
Two of the 73 are Austrian citizens who have already returned home via a chartered flight.
As of now there are 62 people inside the country infected with the virus.