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Herd immunity and COVID-19: How many of us should be immune

Herd immunity and COVID-19: How many of us should be immune

Stopping coronavirus will require herd immunity, at least 70% of the population to be immune, Malvina Javakhadze, the infectious disease specialist at the Bochorishvili clinic, said, adding that health workers' words according to which we should adapt to the novel virus implies precisely this.

"We already have gained the first victory. I, as a doctor, deem this a victory of ours, for the first lockdown enabled us to avert the first wave when the coronavirus fatalities were immensely high worldwide. Cases have increased, but the mortality rate is now lower," Javakhidze said. 

Georgia recorded 1,595 new cases of the novel virus in the past 24 hours to bring the total tally to 22, 803. The country's death toll is now at 178 (six deaths in the past 24 hours). A total of 9,401 citizens have so far recovered (398 recent).

Georgia reported its first COVID-19 case on 26 February 2020. The WHO labeled the virus a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Its outbreak started in China in December of 2019. China confirmed it was contagious on 21 January and declared quarantine in its two cities. 

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