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As Covid-19 cases increase, Gov’t introduces more restrictions in Georgia

By Nika Gamtsemlidze
Monday, November 9
Over the weekend, a total of 5760 cases of coronavirus were reported in the country. To overcome the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the leadership of the country has announced to adopt a few more restrictions.

However, Prime Minister Gakharia said, there are no plans for another lockdown, noting that the restrictions introduced won't be as strict as those in the spring.

According to the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, beginning November 9, from 22:00 to 05:00, mobility will be restricted in big cities - Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Zugdidi, Gori, and Poti. This restriction applies to both pedestrians and persons traveling in vehicles.

Special measures will be taken in these cities to reduce the number of people in municipal transport. Transportation during the day will not be restricted. According to the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, kindergartens are temporarily closed in big cities – “both municipal and private kindergartens will be temporarily closed in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Zugdidi, Gori, and Poti.”

Representatives of the Parliament of Georgia and the Presidential Administration are participating in the work of the Interagency Coordination Council headed by the Prime Minister. After the council meeting, Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili said that point restrictions have been introduced taking into account the current epidemiological situation in Georgia and the rapid increase in the number of infected people.

The first case of the Covid-19 was reported in Georgia in February 2020. Even though the first wave of the virus didn't record many cases in the country, the second wave spread significantly fast.

Most cases are reported in Tbilisi. Even though the numbers are increasing very fast, Prime Minister Gakharia says they will not be introducing strict measures as the economy will not be able to survive another lockdown.