TBILISI, DFWatch–There are 111 laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1, which causes swine flu.
Four cases of the H3N2 virus have also been confirmed, the National Center of Disease Control said on Wednesday.
Last week, the estimated infection ratio was 248 per 100,000 persons. That number has risen to 332 per 100,000. If it exceeds 500 it will be regarded as an epidemic.
There have so far been four deaths caused by swine flu; three of the victims were infected with the H1N1 virus and one by the H3N2 strain.
According to NCDC director Amiran Gamkrelidze, there has been an increase in the number of people calling hospitals, especially about children.
“There is nothing to panic or worry about. It is January, and we all have flu in winter. There will always be flu in winter,” he said, and urged people to follow basic sanitary and hygiene rules.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said that more schools were shut Wednesday. 200 schools are now closed because of the weather, while 195 schools are closed because of the virus.
In schools where the number of absent children is more than 20 percent will be closed.
Schools have now been closed for three days.