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Thursday, February 14
22 die from H1N1

According to the latest data, 22 people have died from H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

The information was provided by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health who reported that the flu is not spreading so much anymore.

As Director of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Amiran Gamkrelidze stated, hospitalization rates are reduced due to the respiratory diseases. Nevertheless, Gamkrelidze calls on society to be cautious and observe the basic norms of hygiene. He also noted that it is important to take into account that the strains of H1N1 are more aggressive than the previous year’s strain of H3.

"The rate of those who get the flu has reduced and the figures are 186 per 100,000 inhabitants, while last week, it was 211. As you know, it reached the peak last week of December, "Amiran Gamkrelidze said.

In 2009, H1N1 was spreading fast around the world, so the World Health Organization called it a pandemic. Like the regular flu, swine flu can lead to more serious problems including pneumonia, a lung infection, and other breathing problems.

2.5 million GEL allocated for repairs of Presidential Palace on Atoneli

The Head of Special State Protection Service Anzor Chubinidze stated that 2.5 million GEL has been allocated for repairing the Presidential Residence on Atoneli Street, but he said that the amount might not be sufficient.

“The total cost of the repairs is not known yet. Some parts have been completed, and some are underway. A full response will be available within a month. 2.5 million GEL has been allocated, but it will not be enough to complete. Perhaps the minimal amount will be added,” Anzor Chubinidze said.

Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili decided to relocate the presidential residence from the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi's Avlabari district to an alternative location on Atoneli Street.

Orbeliani Palace on Atoneli Street was built in the 18th century. King Teimuraz II of the Bagrationi dynasty gifted this building to his son-in-law Dimitry Orbeliani. The building was destroyed in the 19th century and a new was one built on the spot.
(By Mariam Chanishvili)