Coronavirus preventive measures tightened in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region

  • Joint groups of police, military servicemen and healthcare professionals will monitor residents to enforce state of emergency regulations. Photo: Government of Georgia press office

Agenda.ge, 29 Mar 2020 - 13:49, Tbilisi,Georgia

Starting today, public transport has been suspended in the western Georgian region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti to counter the further spread of COVID-19. 

Joint groups of police, military servicemen and healthcare professionals will monitor residents to enforce state of emergency regulations. Checkpoints will also be set up on major roads. 

Photo: Defence Ministry press office

Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Alexandre Motserelia said these measures aim to prevent the possible risk of the virus. 

We are very close to the occupation line… it is possible that our citizens living in Abkhazia might also come to our region for treatment”, Motserelia said.

He also noted that the only “powerful weapon” against the further spread of the virus is to stay home.  

Locals will be allowed to move in towns and villages only for emergency needs. No more than three people will be allowed to travel by car and all the passengers should be wearing face masks. Photo: Interior Ministry press office

Earlier, the region provided new quarantine facilities to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. 

The hotels of Palm Beach, Pratap’s and Anaklia, which together have more than 138 rooms in total, will be used to quarantine individuals for 14 day-periods. 

Two quarantine locations have been chosen in the town of Mestia as well.

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