Georgia declares state of emergency over coronavirus

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 20: Signs are seen outdoors Sweet Auburn Barbecue as beer and wine can also be obtainable with their to go meals orders on March 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The restaurant is simply providing supply and curbside pickup to assist forestall the unfold of coronavirus (COVID-19). Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Georgia on Saturday declared a nationwide state of emergency over the novel coronavirus pandemic, permitting the federal government to manage costs for meals and medicines if wanted.

“The situation is grave and is expected to worsen,” President Salome Zurabishvili stated in a televised handle to the nation, saying the state of emergency is efficient instantly and can final for one month.

She praised her cupboard for efficiently containing the pandemic however added that the time had come to organize for a “second wave that will be acute.”

The Black Sea nation of some 3.7 million folks has to this point reported 48 circumstances of COVID-19, whereas some 2,000 persons are below quarantine.

“A number of rights guaranteed under the constitution will be limited during the state of emergency, including the rights of movement and assembly,” Zurabishvili stated.

She stated nonetheless there can be no restrictions on freedom of expression and the media and that the federal government was not planning to impose a curfew.

Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated new measures below the state of emergency would come with a ban on public gatherings of greater than 10 folks, and felony legal responsibility for a repeat breach of quarantine.

He stated the federal government would regulate costs on meals and medicines within the case of shortages or “speculative price hikes.”

Georgia’s medical authorities have stated the nation’s hospitals are dealing with the present scale of the pandemic, however warned of an imminent “exponential increase” in new circumstances because the virus begins to flow into in communities.

They have additionally introduced plans to launch “aggressive testing” of the inhabitants for the virus.


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