All schools in the cities of Gagra and Sokhumi in Georgia’s Russian-occupied Abkhazia region have suspended their classes due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Inal Gablia, Abkhazia’s de-facto education minister, told local news agency Apsnypress coronavirus cases had been confirmed for 83 teachers and 150 primary school students, leading to the decision.
Gablia also said teachers would be required to receive their vaccine shots if they wanted to continue working. Vaccination against COVID-19 in Abkhazia is available only with the Russian-produced Sputnik-V vaccine.
A total of 16,622 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Russian-occupied region as of January 26.
A number of schools and kindergartens in the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region, in central Georgia, also suspended their classes due to confirmed virus cases in the middle of January.