The first case of coronavirus has reportedly been confirmed in Georgia, with the statement made by Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze. A Georgian citizen, who entered Georgia from Iran, has tested positive for the virus.
As Minister Tikaradze says, the patient remains insulated.
In the Minister's words, the customs officers who were in direct contact with the sick man will be subjected to examination.
The 50-year-old Georgian citizen who brought coronavirus to the country has spent a week in Iran.
"A few minutes ago, we received information from the Lugar Laboratory saying that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Georgia. A Georgian citizen who entered the country through Azerbaijan yesterday proved to have a virus. He was transported to the Infectious Diseases Hospital. At the Customs Office, our border guards checked the citizen, with them being well-equipped as their health is paramount for us. They are performing all tasks assigned to them. The equipment reduces the risk of them getting sick; however, we are also controlling the customs officers and plan to put them in quarantine. I want Georgian citizens to calm down, for we are not faced with serious risks now. The government is exerting all-out efforts, with all measures taken to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in the country. A few minutes ago, our meeting with the Inter-Agency Coordination Council ended, and we took further decisions there. At this point, we have enough quarantine areas, which are well-equipped,” Tikaradze declared.