Head of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze stated this week that the epidemiological situation has improved in Georgia, however, “it does not allow us to relax.”
Health officials, including Gamkrelidze, remain concerned due to the low vaccination rate and skeptical approach among the population towards the vaccines.
The NCDC Head noted that the country has 600,000 doses of the Pfizer jab left, but demand for it is low.
The statistics show that the average vaccination rate in September topped 20,000 per day when healthcare managers expected it to be over 30,000. In the last few days, the average daily vaccination rate has been in the range of 12-14,000 per day.
Due to the improved epidemiological situation, the in-person education process will resume at schools and universities from October 4, the Interagency Coordination Council decided on Tuesday. It will be up to the parents of school students whether they wish their children to go back to school or continue learning online, as teachers must be prepared to satisfy both demands.
The education process has been ongoing remotely from September 15.
Kindergartens and children’s entertainment centers will also be allowed to reopen on October 4.
Georgia recorded 2185 coronavirus cases, 2010 recoveries, and 40 deaths on Tuesday, as a result of 31,216 tests performed. Tbilisi recorded the highest number of 584 Covid-19 cases, followed by the Kakheti region with 413 cases, and the Imereti region with 392 cases.
The numbers dropped to 1929 new cases, 1914 recoveries, and 33 deaths on Wednesday, with 32,522 tests conducted. Tbilisi recorded the highest number of 659 Covid-19 cases, followed by the Imereti region with 363 cases and the Kakheti region with 286 cases.
Georgia reported 1743 coronavirus cases, 2266 recoveries, and 29 deaths on Thursday, with 36,047 tests conducted. Tbilisi recorded 571 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, followed by Imereti with 315 cases, and the Kakheti with 262 cases. A total of 36,047 tests were conducted in the 24 hours prior throughout the country.
The daily test-positivity rate stands at 4.84%, down from 6.04% over the past 14 days.
Georgia’s total case tally since February 2020 reached 613,012, among which 585,071 people recovered and 8946 lost their lives.
52 people are currently in quarantine, 4223 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, and 734 asymptomatic and mild symptom patients are in government-assigned facilities.
The Global Situation
The total number of people infected with coronavirus worldwide since the start of the pandemic has exceeded 234 million, according to Worldometers.
Based on the same statistics, Covid-19 has killed more than 4.78 million people worldwide to date. The number of people recovered from the virus exceeds 210.8 million. There are currently 18.3 million active cases of the infection worldwide.
The largest number of coronavirus infections, 44.1 million cases, has been confirmed by the United States, followed by India with more than 33.7 million cases, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Russia.
By Ana Dumbadze