Gamkrelidze: By Week-End, We Expect to Have 400 COVID-19 Cases

Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director General of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, said that it is expected that the number of COVID-19 infections will rise to 350-400 by the end of this week. Georgia has 208 confirmed cases to date. This means that around 200 new coronavirus cases are likely to be reported in the coming days.

“Our prognosis last week was that we would have 200 cases by Sunday [April 5]. We had 185. We were slightly mistaken but it’s good that we actually had fewer cases than anticipated,” Gamkrelidze said.

The NCDC Head highlighted again that April and the first two weeks of May will be tough in Georgia. It is likely that the number of cases will double each week, he noted.

“That is why each recommendation that we have given out needs to be followed. Especially social distancing,” Gamkrelidze noted.

At the time of writing, 46 patients have recovered and three have died from the virus in the country. Georgia announced a state of Emergency to last until April 21.

By Nini Dakhundaridze

08 April 2020 00:18