Fourth coronavirus case reported in Georgian traveler in Italy
A fourth case of coronavirus has been reported in Georgia. According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, head of the Center for Disease Control, the patient is a Georgian citizen who arrived from Italy on Sunday.
The fourth case of coronavirus in Georgia was confirmed last night by the Lugar laboratory.
The patient is a 44-year-old man.
“He was not showing any symptoms, but then his temperature rose and he went to the infectious disease clinic,” says Gamkrelidze.
Gamkrelidze says that compared with the previous three cases, which are mild, this new, fourth case is “more clinically serious.” Yesterday, experts began to study the epidemiological history of the new infected person to determine who he had been in contact with since arriving in Georgia.
At a press conference, Gamkrelidze announced that 20 contacts have already been identified, and are mostly people who sat near the infected person on the plane. After arriving in Georgia, the man independently decided to isolate himself.
“Immediately after returning, he remained at home in isolation. We thank him for his deliberate behavior,” said Paata Imnadze, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control.
The first case of coronavirus in Georgia was reported on February 26. Then two more cases were discovered. All three patients were infected while traveling—two came from Iran, one from Italy.
All three patients are in fair condition. Nevertheless, they remain carriers of the virus. Two of them were tested again yesterday in the Lugar laboratory, and the results came up positive. As of 11:00 am on March 5, 162 people in Georgia are in quarantine, 31 are receiving treatment in hospitals, and about 300 are in self-isolation.