Woman transferred from Russian-occupied Abkhazia region tests positive for coronavirus

The 50-year-old woman had travelled in Russia before testing positive. Photo: Health Ministry press office.

Agenda.ge, 31 Mar 2020 - 12:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

A 50-year-old woman, who was transferred from the Russian-occupied Abkhazia region into Tbilisi-controlled territory late on March 29, has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The woman had travelled to Moscow, Russia, then came to Sochi and then to Saberio, in the Gali district of Abkhazia, from where she was transported to Zugdidi, to Tbilisi-controlled territory by ambulance. 

A local official in Zugdidi said that the woman was with another individual who was not allowed onto Tbilisi-controlled territory by the Russian troops. 

The health condition of the woman is not critical. 

The de facto authorities of Abkhazia have already suspended movement between Gali and Ochamchire districts, several hours after the woman tested positive for the virus.

The Abkhazia region announced the ‘state of emergency’ on March 28 to prevent the spread of the virus.

The de facto authorities say that it is the first confirmed case of the virus in the region.