The head of Georgia's National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Amiran Gamkrelidze, has said that in spite of soaring coronavirus cases ‘there is no pressure on the healthcare system,' as about one million people are currently vaccinated, and 42% of the country’s population have recovered from the virus.
Georgia registered 5,219 new cases of coronavirus and 42 deaths in the past 24 hours, while a total of 46,872 individuals remain infected with COVID-19.
Most cases are not severe because there is no pressure on the healthcare system. I think this is due to the emergence of a certain immunity,” Gamkrelidze said.
He also stated that in Georgia’s coastal city of Batumi, 60% of people are fully vaccinated, while in Tbilisi, this figure stands at 54%.
Unfortunately, other regions, except Racha-Lechkhumi with 37%, are around 30%. Tbilisi and Adjara [Black Sea region] are in a better position,” said Gamkrelidze.
A total of 910,782 people are fully vaccinated in Georgia as of today, while 1,015,699 individuals have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Image: datacov.mog.gov.ge.
Overall, 5,543 people were vaccinated on October 19.
Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia also noted that the hospitalisation rate in the country is ‘relatively low,’ saying that ‘this is partly due to vaccination.’
The hospitalisation rate is 12%, which is relatively lower than we had during the previous waves,” stated Gabunia.
She also said that in order to stop the spread of the infection in schools, it is necessary to increase the vaccination rate to 80%, as currently 65% of teachers are vaccinated.
[Overall] 150 schools have switched to remote studying, and in about 400 individual classes it has become necessary to stop in-person studies,” Gabunia said.
Currently, the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are available in all regions of Georgia.
Health officials have announced that the fifth wave of Covid-19 has already begun in the country, maintaining that ‘vaccination is the solution.’
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said the epidemiological situation in Georgia is ‘under control’ and called on the country’s citizens to get vaccinated to ‘protect our health.’