The reluctance to give up mass feasts and the large-scale anti-vaccine movement have led to a disastrous situation with the coronavirus in Georgia. The percentage of positive results when testing reached 8.68% – one of the worst rates in the world.
Authorities are set to deploy field hospitals as hospitals are on the brink of overcrowding. How Georgia, which so successfully counteracted the coronavirus, found itself in such a deplorable state, says Correspondent.net.
In a country with a population of 4 million, 3,000 new infections were recorded for 2 days in a row this week. This is an indisputable anti-record for the entire period of the pandemic. About half of all cases are the British alpha strain, the other half are the Indian delta strain, says Professor Amiran Gamkrelidze, head of the National Center for Disease Control. In total, as of July 30, the number of confirmed cases was 416 thousand, of which five thousand were deaths.
Gamkrelidze said at a coronavirus briefing that all hospitals in Georgia are switching to emergency mode. They stop planned operations and other planned manipulations. The possibility of installing field hospitals is not excluded. This fact was confirmed by Ekaterina Tikaradze, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Protection:
Yes, it may become necessary. The government is considering mobilizing volunteers.
As explained in the Ministry of Health of the country, we are talking about the mobilization of persons with medical experience – medical students, pensioners, military doctors. However, the source notes, field hospitals are “a tragic choice,” in them “it is very difficult to protect patients with coronavirus connected to AVV from bacteria.”
Tamar Gabunia, deputy head of the department, says that it is necessary to monitor the development of the epidemiological situation: will the growth of new cases continue or will it gradually decline, since “the forecasts are ambiguous.” She says:
“According to the forecasts of some international partners, for example, the Institute for Health Measurement, we are already at a peak [фазе], and after a certain time we should expect a decline. There are forecasts according to which we have not yet reached the peak and we can expect even more growth. This week will be critical in a certain sense, we will see what direction the epidemic will take. “
Amiran Gamkrelidze told how the preparations for strengthening quarantine restrictions are proceeding:
“One of the first areas that we discussed today at [заседании координационного] advice is to intensify vaccination, as well as wear a mask as often as possible – both indoors and in open spaces where people gather, especially during the pre-election period, you will need to wear a mask. “
A complete ban on mass gatherings is expected, and the council has prepared instructions for mobilizing special places to isolate patients and contacts. Experts note that if the number of new cases remains at the level of 3-4 thousand per day, “the restoration of restrictions will become inevitable.” However, Irakli Garibashvili, the prime minister of Georgia, admits that “the country simply will not stand the new lockdown.”
The vaccination denial movement in Georgia turned out to be extremely large-scale. Local experts speak of the manifestation of “Georgian social pathology”. David Avalishvili, Nation.ge analyst, notes:
“There is such a movement in many civilized countries, but in our country it is especially aggressive.”
Georgian deniers in all seriousness assert that everyone who received the vaccine “got bodily Wi-Fi, and coins stick to the pricked hand.”