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13th case of novel coronavirus reported in Georgia

By Nika Gamtsemlidze
Monday, March 9
The 13th case of infection with new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Georgia. Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Director of Tbilisi Infectious Hospital, talked about this.

According to him, out of 12 confirmed cases, only one is in serious condition, while in one of the cases, the disease has no symptoms and the remaining 10 patients have no complications.

According to Marina Ezugbaia, Medical Director of Tbilisi Infectious Disease Hospital, 39 people, including 12 patients infected with coronavirus, are currently in the hospital. Nine more people were tested yesterday.

Speaking about patients infected with the new coronavirus, she noted that the condition of the fourth patient was still serious but stable. The patient has bilateral lung pneumonia and is receiving appropriate treatment. The rest of the patients show mild clinical signs.

“The condition has been managed so far, with clinical-laboratory data suggesting changes to it, but their correction is possible at this stage and it can be treated,” said Ezugbaia.

On March 8, it was reported that 16 million people had been placed under mandatory quarantine in Italy, to stop coronavirus, in the Lombardy region, in the other 14 provinces of central and northern Italy. Gyms, pools, museums and ski resorts will be closed. Private and public events have also been postponed, Italian Prime Minister talked about this.

Quarantine in the provinces will continue until April 3, and it is forbidden to leave or enter these territories unless urgent.

Yesterday, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili said: “Georgian citizens will be returned from Italy by plane, most likely from Rome. We are working with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Health, the Department of Air Aviation and the airports union to send aircraft to Italy as soon as possible to bring our citizens to Georgia.”

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China.

The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.