Tornike Rijvadze: Both the Medical Sector and the Government are ready to Effectively Manage the Epidemic

Meeting of the working group on coronavirus chaired by the Chairman of the Government of Ajara Tornike Rizhvadze was held. After the meeting, the situation in the region was summarized and statements were made regarding the decisions made.

‘The situation is absolutely manageable. Both the medical sector and the government as a whole are ready to effectively manage the process in the face of these growing risks. We have made extended testing available to all citizens. Consequently, co-infection is detected rapidly.

The hospital sector in Ajara has expanded and more than 350 beds have been mobilized, the capacity of the laboratories is adequate. Additional protocols have been put in place to manage mild and asymptomatic patients in so called covid-hotels. We have already contracted more than 400 rooms for this purpose and this will allow us to provide relevant services’ - said the Chairman of the Government of Ajara.

Due to the increased epidemiological risks, studies in Ajara will start remotely from September 15 - Tornike Rijvadze said.

‘Today, in an operational format, in agreement with the Coordination Council, we decided that, like in 3 municipalities of Ajara, such as Khelvachauri, Kobuleti, Batumi, studies will start remotely from September 15 in highland Ajara, Khulo, Shuakhevi and Keda.

The Ministry of Education is working to bring both technical and infrastructural capacities to full readiness in schools and most of the schools are ready to resume teaching in the classroom. However, taking into account the increased epidemic risks, we decided to start classes in Ajara in the classrooms from October 1, and remotely from September 15.

In a few days, we expect to reduce the number of infections in Ajara and Batumi’ - Tornike Rijvadze said.

According to the Chairman of the Government of Ajara, the closure of Ajara, Batumi or the imposition of quarantine will not be considered.