COVID-19 in Georgia Live Blog – August 2020 / Archived

Monday, August 3120:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 330. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 206.10:00 GMT+4 – 18 New Cases, 19 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 18 new cases, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1487. In the meantime, 19 more patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 1240.Sunday, August 3014:00 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali to Lift Travel Restrictions with RussiaMoscow-backed authorities in Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia said the region will lift months-long coronavirus travel restrictions with Russia starting from September 15.12:20 GMT+4 – One New Case in TskhinvaliTskhinvali says 90th patient – a 4-year-old child – tested positive for COVID-19 in the region. This is the first time since July 17 for the Kremlin-backed region to confirm the new COVID case.10:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 25 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1469. In the meantime, 25 more persons have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1221.Saturday, August 2920:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have confirmed 7 new cases, which brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 315. In the meantime, three more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 120.10:00 GMT+4 – 7 New CasesSeven new cases bring Georgia’s tally of total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1462.Friday, August 2820:00 GMT+4 – 13 New cases in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia said they tested 67 persons for COVID, of which 13 tested positive for the virus. 13 new cases bring Abkhazia’s tally of total confirmed cases to 308. In the meantime, the occupied region’s health ministry said two Abkhaz patients were transferred to Dagomis, Russia for treatment.10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 8 New Cases, 6 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1455. In the meantime, 6 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1196.Thursday, August 2719:15 GMT+4 – 21 New Cases, 2 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 295. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 117.10:30 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 11 New Cases, 40 More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1447. In the meantime, 40 more patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1190.Wednesday, August 2621:00 GMT+4 – 12 New Cases, 14 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Sokhumi have reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 274. In the meantime, 14 patients have recovered, taking the number of overall recoveries to 115. The number of active cases in Abkhazia to date stands at 155.12:00 GMT+4 – Timeline for Opening Cinemas, Theaters, Kindergartens UnveiledGeorgian authorities announced that kindergartens will resume starting from October 1. Cinemas and theaters will reopen starting from September 15 and October 1, respectively.11:30 GMT+4 – Mestia, Lenjeri to Reopen from September 2Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced that quarantined town Mestia and the nearby village of Lenjeri in historic Upper Svaneti province will reopen on September 2.10:30 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases Confirmed in GeorgiaGeorgia has reported 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 1436.Tuesday, August 2521:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 262. The number of active cases in the Kremlin-backed region stands at 157.14:45 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Quarantines Village LabraAbkhaz authorities decided to quarantine Labra village of Ochamchire district for 14 days, considering the fact that the latest COVID-19 victim was the fifth patient to test positive for the virus in the village. The report by the health ministry of the occupied region also stated that a part of village residents was already tested for the virus.14:40 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports Fourth COVID DeathMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have announced that a man, 52, died of coronavirus complications in the village Labra of Ochamchire district on August 23.10:15 GMT+4 – 19th COVID Death ReportedGeorgia reports 19th coronavirus related death. Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia told journalists that the deceased woman, taking COVID treatment at home, was an overweight hip fracture patient. The patient experienced fat embolism which caused the death, Ezugbaia said. The deceased woman belonged to the Lenjeri (upper Svaneti) cluster of patients, noted Marina Ezugbaia.10:10 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 13 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 8 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1429. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1150.Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases told journalists today that one of the new patients belongs to Lenjeri cluster, two others contracted the virus from other patients, four cases, among them three truck drivers, were imported.  The remaining eighth newly-infected patient is a medical worker, Ezugbaia added.Monday, August 2420:00 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases, 9 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 247. In the meantime, 9 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 101. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 143.18:15 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 18th Coronavirus DeathGeorgia has reported 18th coronavirus death.10:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases, 5 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tall of total confirmed cases in the country to 1421. In the meantime, five more recoveries brought the overall number of recoveries to 1137.Sunday, August 2313:15 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported that 8 more persons tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 242. In the meantime, 5 more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 92.10:30 GMT+4 – 17 New CasesGeorgia has reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1411.Saturday, August 2210:30 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 4 More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported 9 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1394. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1132.Friday, August 2120:00 GMT+4 – 10 New Cases, 5 Recoveries in AbkhaziaKremlin-backed authorities in Georgia’s Abkhazia region have reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 234. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, which brings the number of recoveries to 87. The number of active cases in the region of less than a quarter-million people stands at 144.10:30 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 20 More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1385. In the meantime, 20 more recoveries were reported, taking the number of recoveries to 1128. The number of active cases to date stands at 240.Thursday, August 2021:30 GMT+4 – Turkish Airlines to Resume Tbilisi-Istanbul Flights from August 29 Turkish Embassy in Tbilisi reported that Turkish Airlines will resume Tbilisi-Istanbul one way flights during August 29 – September 26 period. The flights will be performed once a week on early Saturday mornings at 03:55 AM.21:00 GMT+4 – Three New Cases, Two More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported three new cases of COVID-19, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 224. In the meantime, the number of recoveries rose by 2 to 82. The number of active cases to date in Abkhazia stands at 139.10:00 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 10 More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported 9 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1370. In the meantime, 10 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1108. The number of active cases to date stands at 245.Wednesday, August 1919:30 GMT+4 – 19 New Cases in AbkhaziaAbkhazia’s health authorities said they have tested 163 persons, of which 19 have tested COVID-positive. This brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 221. In the meantime, two patients, both children, have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 80. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 138.15:00 GMT+4 – WHO Delivers Humanitarian Aid to AbkhaziaThe World Health Organization (WHO) delivered humanitarian aid to Abkhazia as the region is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Apsnypress reported.According to the report, the humanitarian cargo, including disinfectants, personal protective equipment, special suits and oxygen concentrators, will be delivered to Bacteriological Laboratory and the staff of the Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients.The WHO assistance was provided with the assistance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the overall coordination of Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia.The delivery was made possible with the financial support of the European Union and the USAID, the source added.14:30 GMT+4 – COVID Testing to be ExpandedThe coronavirus task force decided to expand COVID-19 testing, which now should now become available for the personnel working in the service sector (employees in the hotels, cafes, bars, clubs) across the Black Sea coastline.NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze said at a news briefing today that the expanded tastings will begin tomorrow.He added that PCR testings will also become available in the Black Sea beach boulevard of Batumi, Georgia’s top summer destination, where holidaymakers will be allowed to check their virus status free of charge.14:00 GMT+4 – NCDC Says Sources of 10 Infection Cases UnkownGeorgia’s National Disease Control Center (NCDC) says sources for 10 coronavirus cases to date remains unknow for Georgian health authorities.13:00 GMT+4 – Shutdown Lifts in Mestia Municipality, Except for Town Mestia, Lenjeri from August 21Georgia’s coronavirus task force announced that the quarantine measures will be dropped in all settlements of Mestia Municipality, except for the hardest-hit town of Mestia and Lenjeri village starting from August 21.Due to high epidemiological risks, Mestia municipality was shut down on August 10.NCDC Head Amiran Gamkrelidze said 3,509 people were tested in Mestia Municipality. In addition, Gamkrelidze stated, 1,246 persons that had travel history in Mestia have been tested for the virus. Out of a total of 4755 checked persons, 49 have tested positive for COVID-19.10:05 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 10 New Cases, 6 More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1361. In the meantime, six more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1098. The number of active cases to date stands at 246.Tuesday, August 1820:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, One More Recovery in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five more cases of the novel coronavirus, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 202. In the meantime, one more patient recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 78. The number of active cases to date in Georgia’s Russian-occupied region stands at  121.18:00 GMT+4 – UNICEF Delivers Aid to AbkhaziaThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered the second batch of humanitarian aid to medical-prophylactic and socially oriented institutions in Abkhazia, Sokhumi-based Apsnypress media outlet reported.According to the report, 29,000 medical masks, 58,000 surgical gloves, 500 gowns, 655 liters of liquid soap, 670 liters of hand sanitizer, 1085 liters of disinfectant for surface treatment, 80 pieces of non-contact thermometers were brought to Abkhazia as part of the second UNICEF’s delivery in total.UNICEF delivered the first shipment of medical aid to Georgia’s Russian occupied region in May.10:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Confirms 10 New CasesGeorgia has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the number of total confirmed cases to 1351. The number of active cases to date stands at 242.Monday, August 1720:15 GMT+4 – 8 New Cases, 8 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that 8 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the region, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 197. In the meantime, 8 more patients have recovered, taking the region’s number of recoveries to 77. The number of active cases to date in Abkhazia stands at 117.18:00 GMT+4 – UNDP Delivers Fifth Batch of Medical Aid to AbkhaziaSokhumi-based media outlet Apsnypress reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) delivered the fifth batch of personal protective equipment for medical workers, as well as goods for a total of USD 26,200 to Gudauta hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients, on August 15.The humanitarian aid includes 2,000 bio-protective coveralls, 140 N95 respirators, 20 infrared thermometers, 10,000 nitrile gloves of various sizes, 4,000 shoe covers, 300 liters of hand sanitizer, 250 liters of disinfectant, 10 disinfectant mats and 250 liters of antibacterial hand soap.17:00 – Georgia Restricts Regular Flights Through September Georgia’s Civic Aviation Agency reported that the country restricts regular flights through September 30. The restrictions do not apply to recently resumed Munich, Paris and Riga flights.11:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia’s Health Authorities Appeal for COVID Medical VolunteersMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have appealed for volunteers to help doctors in Gudauta Hospital, Abkhazia’s main medical facility treating COVID-19 patients.“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors in Abkhazia have been working hard, getting tired and sick. Today, there is a shortage of staff, as the number of patients has sharply increased,” occupied region’s health ministry reported on August 16.More:10:00 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Four More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1341. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 1092. The number of active cases to date stands at 232.Sunday, August 1612:35 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, 3 Recoveries Reported in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that seven more patients have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 189. In the meantime, three more patients were discharged from the hospital, which increases the number of recoveries to 69. The number of active cases in the region to date stands at 117.Occupied region’s health ministry also reported that one of the patients, Abkhaz citizen, was “transferred abroad” for treatment.11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 15 New Cases, Total 1,336Georgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases in the country to 1336. The number of active cases to date stands at 231.Saturday, August 1510:30 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 3 More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia reports 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1321. In the meantime, 3 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1088. The number of active cases stands at 216.Friday, August 1420:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 26 Cases, Record for Highest Daily Case CountMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 26 COVID-19 cases, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic outbreak. This brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 182.In the meantime, eight patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 66.The number of Abkhazia’s active COVID-19 cases stands at 113.13:00 GMT+4 – Education Ministry Recommendations for Public Schools Ahead of New Academic YearThe school year for 2,084 public (secondary) schools will begin on September 15, according to the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science. The Ministry published today several recommendations the schools will have to observe amid pandemic.New guidelines for public schools include:observing the one-meter distance between students;all persons except for students are required to wear face-mask;schools are required to have stocks of face-masks;cleaning restrooms after each and every break;half an hour break between shifts, in case schools work in shifts;arranging a special temporary isolation room for the students with virus symptoms;Each school is entitled to decide individually the length of lessons, albeit the lessons should be no shorter than 30 minutes; The schools will now be allowed to commence study process at the most suitable time for them – 08:30, 08:45 or 09:00.The schools are allowed to introduce a mixed model – combining in-class and remote lessons – as well, in accordance with the Education Ministry. For V-VI graders the schools can have a day of remote classes per week; VII-XI graders can have not more than two days per week for online classes, while XII graders are allowed to have a maximum of three days of online classes in a week.09:45 GMT+4 – 23 New Cases, 17 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1306. In the meantime, 17 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1085. The number of active cases stands at 204.Thursday, August 1320:00 GMT+4 – One New Case, 7 More Recoveries Reported in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia report one new case of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 156. In the meantime, 7 new patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 58.09:30 GMT+4 – Five New Cases, Ten More RecoveriesGeorgia reports five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1283. In the meantime, ten more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 1068. The number of active cases stands at 198.Wednesday, August 1219:00 GMT+4 – 7 New Cases, One More Recovery Reported in AbkhaziaAuthorities in Kremlin-backed Abkhazia have reported 7 new cases of the novel coronavirus, which brings the tally of total confirmed cases in the region to 155. In the meantime, one more patient recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 51. The number of active cases to date stands at 101.11:00 GMT+4 – Georgia Reports 14 New Cases, Four More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to 1278. In the meantime, four more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 1058. The number of active cases to date stands at 203.Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 14 new cases 12 belong to cluster of patients of Lenjeri, Mestia municipality (upper Svaneti). The sources of cases for two patients are unknown, she added.Tuesday, August 1120:00 GMT+4 – 5 New Cases, 5 More Recoveries in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 148. In the meantime, five more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 50. The region’s number of active cases stands at 95.Abkhazia is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 110 coronavirus cases being reported since July 21.10:40 GMT+4 – Tskhinvali: All Patients RecoveredMoscow-backed authorities of Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia have reported that all of the COVID-19 patients have now been discharged from the hospital. Tskhinvali recorded a total of 89 coronavirus cases since early May.10:30 GMT+4 – 14 New Cases, 44 More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported 14 new cases, that brings the tally of total confirmed cases to 1264. In the meantime, 44 new recoveries were reported, taking the number of recoveries to 1054.Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 14 new cases two are from the cluster of patients from Gachiani village of southern Gardabani municipality, nine are the contacts of other patients, while remaining three cases are imported.Speaking of a sharp number of recoveries, Ezugbaia said the majority of newly recovered patients – without specifying an exact number – are Georgian servicemen who were repatriated from Afghanistan for COVID-19 treatment.Georgia repatriated 38 COVID-positive soldiers from Afghanistan in July, of which eight were recovered the previous month.Monday, August 1021:00 GMT+4 – 9 New Cases, 7 More Recoveries Reported in AbkhaziaOccupied Abkhazia has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 143. In the meantime, seven more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 45. The number of active cases to date stands at 95.The region is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 105 cases being reported since July 21.15:00 GMT+4 – Government Shuts Down Upper SvanetiDue to high epidemiological risks – namely, after revealing at least 16 cases of COVID-19 in the area in the last two days – Georgia will shut down Mestia Municipality (historic upper Svaneti province), the country’s sought after tourism destination. Leaving and entering Mestia municipality will be banned, according to the coronavirus task force.The Government will impose stricter quarantine restrictions in the village Lenjeri and Ushguli community, locations of COVID outbreak in upper Svaneti. The government will in addition halt movement between the town of Mestia and its surrounding villages.The health authorities are tasked to pursue intensive epidemiological research in the area, while police are set to enforce movement restrictions to and from the municipality.In the meantime, the Government decided to send all of the tourists visiting the municipality to quarantine zones.13:30 – Village Karajalari ReopenedQuarantined village Karajalari south to Tbilisi reopened today following 17-days-long closure.The government decided to shut down the village on July 24. Governor of Kvemo Kartli, Shota Rekhviashvili then said that the authorities were forced to take restrictive measures as they failed to convince locals on the need for COVID-19 testing.According to the Georgian national census of 2014, Karajalari, an ethnic-Azeri majority village, is home to 4,136 inhabitants.10:00 GMT+4 – 25 New Cases, 10 More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported 25 new cases of a novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1250. In the meantime, 10 more recoveries take the overall number of recoveries to 1010. The number of active cases to date stands at 223.Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of newly confirmed 25 cases, one was revealed in Gachiani, southern Gardabani Municipality, one patient was transferred from occupied Abkhazia, five cases were imported, 16 are the contacts of other COVID patients, one is a medical worker, while health authorities are now trying to detect the source for remaining one case.In the meantime, Nino Vibliani, Deputy Governor of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region told journalists that out of 25 new cases 17 were confirmed in Zemo (upper) Svaneti province.Sunday, August 919:30 GMT+4 – Russian Doctors Arrive in Sokhumi as Cases Surge in AbkhaziaKremlin-backed Abkhaz authorities have reported that a group of five doctors from Sechenov First Moscow State University has arrived in the region to help Abkhaz doctors treat COVID-19 patients.Since April, Abkhazia has reported 134 COVID-19 cases, of which 38 have recovered and 3 died. The number of active cases in the region of less than a quarter-million people stands at 93.The region is recently facing a new spike of cases, with 96 cases being reported since July 21.11:00 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases, Four New RecoveriesGeorgia reports nine new cases, which brings the number of total confirmed cases to 1225. Four more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries to 1000. The number of active cases to date stands at 208.Saturday, August 820:00 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Reports 14 New Cases, One More RecoveryMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 134. Amongst the new patients is the tourist having recently arrived in the occupied region after Abkhazia’s lifting travel restrictions with Russia. The patient was reportedly sent to Russia for treatment.In the meantime, one more patient has recovered, bringing the number of recoveries in the region to 38.The number of active cases in Abkhazia to date stands at 93. 11:00 GMT+4 – Three New Cases, Two More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported two new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1216. In the meantime, two more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 996. The number of active cases to date stands at 203.Friday, August 718:45 GMT+4 – Six New Cases Reported in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 120.11:30 GMT+4 – Seven New Cases, Seven More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1213. In the meantime, 7 more patients have recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 994. The number of active cases to date stands at 202.Thursday, August 618:40 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Confirms Five New Cases, Total Hits 114Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia said that out of 96 tests conducted five have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 114.11:30 GMT+4 – PM Gakharia Unveils Further Anti-Crisis MeasuresGeorgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced additional anti-crisis measures to tackle economic and social challenges amid the coronavirus fallout. The third stage of the anti-crisis plan – worth of GEL 410 million (USD 132 Million), of which GEL 130 million was allocated from StopCov fund – entails a social assistance package for individuals, including helping children and students as well as covering utility fees for the households.The Government will offer one-off assistance of GEL 200 (USD 65) to children under 17.In the meantime, the state will cover a semester tuition-fee – GEL 1125 / USD 365 – for the students whose families have received less than 150,000 points in the system for socially vulnerable persons. The students belonging to the same category, who had their student status suspended due to financial difficulties, will receive a full-tuition waiver – GEL 2250 / USD 730 – for the academic year 2020-21.As stated by the Prime Minister, the Government will also cover utility fees for the households consuming less than 200 cubic meters of gas and 200 kilowatts of electricity per month in November, December, January, and February.Read More: 10:30 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases, 13 More RecoveriesGeorgia reports nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1206. In the meantime, 13 more patients have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 987. The number of active cases to date stands at 202.Wednesday, August 519:25 GMT+4 – Abkhazia Confirms Two New Cases, Total – 109Moscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported two new cases, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 109. The number of active cases in Abkhazia reportedly stands at 69.11:00 GMT+4 – 15 New Cases, 12 More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1197. In the meantime, 12 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 974. To date, the number of active cases stands at 206.Medical Director of Tbilisi Hospital of Infectious Diseases, Marina Ezugbaia, told journalists today that out of 15 new cases 4 were confirmed in Gachiani village of Gardabani Municipality, Georgia’s new COVID hotspot, 3 are imported cases, four contracted the disease from other patients and one of them is a medical worker. The health authorities are working to uncover sources for the remaining three cases, she added.Tuesday, August 419:00 GMT+4 – Nine New Cases in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in Abkhazia have reported that through conducting 88 tests, nine new cases of COVID-19 were revealed, bringing the region’s tally of total confirmed cases to 107. The number of active cases stands at 67.10:30 GMT+4 –  Three New Cases, Three More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported three new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1182. In the meantime, three more persons have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 962. The number of active cases to date stands at 203.Monday, August 309:30 GMT+4 – Two New Cases, Four More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported two new cases, taking the tally of total confirmed cases to 1179. In the meantime, four more persons have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 959. The number of active cases to date stands at 203.Sunday, August 210:30 GMT+4 – Six New Cases, Eight More Recoveries ReportedGeorgia has reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s tally of total confirmed cases to 1177. In the meantime, eight more patients have recovered, taking the overall number of recoveries to 955. The number of active cases to date stands at 205.Saturday, August 121:00 GMT+4 – 14 More Cases Revealed in AbkhaziaMoscow-backed authorities in occupied Abkhazia have recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally of region’s total confirmed cases to 98.17:00 GMT+4 – Moscow, Sokhumi Lift Travel RestrictionsAbkhazia lifted all four-months-long travel restrictions with the Russian Federation. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also signed the order earlier today, reopening Russia to Georgia’s Black Sea region.Read More: 10:15 GMT+4 – Georgia Confirms 3 New Cases, 7 More RecoveriesGeorgia has reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the tally of total confirmed cases to 1171. In the meantime, seven more patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 947. The number of active cases to date stands at 207.Related:This post is also available in:
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