With rising Covid-19 cases Georgia is now going through the peak of a fourth wave of the pandemic and Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze says that 'the infection rate will reach its peak by August 20’.
Georgia reported 5,352 new cases of coronavirus, 2,635 recoveries and 48 deaths in the past 24 hours, while 45,832 remain infected with Covid-19 in the country.
We have been observing a fairly high rate of infection in Tbilisi for the last two weeks, which was primarily due to the fact that as a result of mobility, people became infected in different regions and then returned to Tbilisi, to their places of residence”, Tikaradze said.
She added that as of today more than 3,000 people are undergoing inpatient treatment in the capital city of Tbilisi, about 900 in Adjara, and 1,000 patients in the Imereti region of Georgia.
According to the coronavirus world map created by the New York Times, Georgia is in the top three countries worldwide for the spread of the virus per 100,000 population. Image: New York Times.
Tikaradze said that most active cases are handled by family doctors at home.
She said that a week ago the Ministry of Health added 80 new family doctors, while the ministry is also working on expanding online clinic service. She also announced that an additional 100 people will work to respond to l emergency service 112 calls.
Tikaradze added that 13% of the infected are hospitalised as of today and warned that it will soon become quite difficult to hospitalise patients if the rate of infection does not decrease.
On the other hand Tikaradze noted that the vaccination process has improved significantly in the country, however the results of this will appear later.
In the meantime, in order to be able to manage the infection and stabilise the existing peak, it is important to use facemasks, maintain social distance and to adequately respond to regulations, said Tikaradze.
102-year-old Georgian woman Emine Jorbenadze has got her first dose of Pfizer vaccine in the high-mountainous Georgian region of Adjara. She is now the eldest Georgian woman vaccinated against Covid-19. Photo: Ministry of Health of Adjara.
A total of 478,164 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in Georgia, announces the National Center for Disease Control, while 210,776 people are fully vaccinated in the country.
In the last 24 hours, 23,935 people received a vaccine shot in Georgia.
During the fourth wave of Covid-19 more children and overall, people under 18 have been infected with the virus, says Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia.
She added that children's wards at hospitals are not crowded as most of the cases are mild and the parents agree to let the children be treated at home or at quarantine hotels.
Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
Minister Tikaradze said that Georgia will make the decision to vaccinate children if the world makes such a decision. In the meantime, the only way to protect children is for parents to obey the regulations, Tikaradze says.
As for the beginning of the academic year which starts on September 15, Tikaradze noted, the Ministry of Health will do its best to make the infection rate stable that children will be able to get an education at school.
Gabunia said that if the same increasing trend of the epidemic continues for the next 7-10 days, 'we will have to mobilise additional quarantine hotels, and there is a discussion about what will be the field solution in this case, which we have never used before'.
She said that the hospital sector operates under maximum load.
8,000 beds is our maximum. This is the number of beds that we can allocate from the hospital sector", said Gabunia.
The Georgian Health Ministry has plans to send new recommendations to the government by the end of the week to curb the spread of the virus.