Georgian official asks citizens not to panic after first local COVID-19 case confirmed

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-27 16:13:59|Editor: xuxin
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TBILISI, Feb.27 (Xinhua) -- Georgia's health minister has asked citizens not to panic after the country reported its first case of COVID-19 on Wednesday night.

"I would like to assure Georgian citizens. We do not have reason to panic, because our government does everything (it can) and we use all of our efforts to avoid a COVID-19 epidemic in Georgia," Georgian Health Minister Tikaradze told reporters.

Tikaradze announced at a briefing in Tbilisi that a Georgian citizen who had recently traveled to Iran for business has tested positive for COVID-19.

Tikaradze said that the patient who returned to Georgia via Azerbaijan by car was immediately taken to the Tbilisi Infectious Disease Hospital on Wednesday and did not have any contact with other citizens except for border guards, who will be placed under quarantine even though they wore protective equipment.