Covid-19 restrictions

Georgia halts public transport in biggest cities amid new deadly wave of Covid-19

By | August 12th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Facebook/MIA.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government is tightening regulations due to the worsening epidemiological situation, but still refrains from reintroducing curfew and lockdown, measures that are wildly unpopular among the population. The government was originally expected to announce a new tightening of measures on Tuesday after news of hospitals buckling under the stress of skyrocketing Covid-19 numbers, [...]

Covid-19 surge reaching crisis point in Georgia as hospitals struggle

By | August 11th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Ekaterine Tikaradze at the briefing on Wednesday. (Government of Georgia.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The recent surge in Covid-19 is causing a steadily deteriorating situation in Georgia and approaching crisis level. Hospitals are reporting  an acute shortage of free beds and medical staff, while the government is considering more restrictions, something it did not intend to do before the [...]

Georgia brings back some stricter regulations amid skyrocketing number of new Covid-19 cases

By | August 9th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The meeting of the Coordinating Council was presided over by PM Irakli Gharibashvili, August 8, 2021. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Against the backdrop of a skyrocketing number of new cases of Covid-19 and a steady increase in the number of deaths, authorities in Georgia decided Monday to bring back stricter regulations, but stopped short of using another round [...]

Georgia sees disturbing rise in Covid-19 cases but government rules out another lockdown

By | July 24th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Vaccination center at Hualing shopping mall in Tbilisi (1tv.ge). TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia  is facing a setback in its fight against the coronavirus as experts predict an increase in daily cases in the next 2-3 weeks, but the government reiterates that it’s not planning another lockdown. Meanwhile, the mass vaccination program is continuing and the [...]

Georgia lifts nightly curfew from July

By | June 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

(Adjaratv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is relaxing or lifting the two Covid-19 measures that have irritated the population the most. PM Irakli Gharibashvili said on Tuesday that the government is lifting the nightly curfew from July 1, although restaurants and cafes, as well as other entertainment establishments will be open only until midnight. At the same time, Gharibashvili [...]

Four Georgians found drowned after trying to cross the Enguri bypassing Abkhazia checkpoint

By | April 7th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Rescue workers at the Enguri River (RFE/RL) TBILISI, DFWatch--Four people were found dead on the banks of the Enguri River on Wednesday. The four are believed to have  drowned as they tried to cross from Abkhazia to Georgian-controlled territory bypassing Russian border guards and Abkhaz customs officers.  Rescue workers found the bodies of three people Wednesday [...]

Locals in Gali, Abkhazia demand lifting of 5-day Covid-19 quarantine for crossing Enguri Bridge

By | March 12th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Enguri Bridge. (DFWatch.) GALI, DFWatch--Gali residents demand the opening of the checkpoint on Enguri Bridge and the lifting of the five-day quarantine for travelers that have been tested for Covid-19.  Locals told DFWatch that because of the quarantine requirement, many people have resorted to a dangerous route, wading through the surging Enguri river at the so-called [...]

Georgia’s economy minister expects a sevenfold increase in flights this month as Covid-19 restrictions on air travel are lifted

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Economy|Tags: , , , |

(Avianews.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia expects air traffic to increase sharply as Covid-19 related restrictions on regular flights are lifted, to reach a level this month seven times what it was in August last year. By summer, the number of flights per week may reach 200, a 20-fold increase, the Minister of Economy Natia Turnava said Thursday at [...]