Georgia scraps requirement of showing Covid-19 green pass

Giorgi Ghibradze, the Chief of Operations at the Interagency Coordination Council, announced today that people entering Georgian establishments do not require to show Covid-19 green passes to enter the venues.

Ghibradze further stated that the council, which oversees Covid-19-related rules and regulations, agreed to eliminate the requirement of showing the green pass because the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is less severe, citing the “completely controllable” situation with confirmed Coronavirus cases.

Despite the surge in Covid disease cases, Ghibradze reiterated that the current scenario is fully controllable. There is no more burden on the hospitals as many people take treatment at home only by consulting their family doctors.

Tamar Gabunia, one of the topmost officials in the health ministry, elaborated the council’s decision by stating that ” due to various factors related to Omicron, the technical basis for the Covid-19 green passes has been decreased.

Gabunia also highlighted that about 35% of beds in hospitals for covid patients are still available throughout the country, and the percentage of people are decreasing in Intensive care units.

However, Gabunia also stated that by considering Omicron, there is a possibility of reinfection because of the rapid surge in the Omicron cases.

The board also ruled that those people who are planning to go abroad are still required to show the Covid-19 green pass.

The decree on the Covid-19 green passes came into effect on December 01, 2021, by mandating the public to show the proof of vaccine certificate.

The government’s vaccination promotional programme is still in effect, with Georgian individuals over 50 receiving 100 GEL about $32 if they get jabbed with a booster shot and 200 GEL for those who receive their first dose.

Moreover, Georgia has set a new high of daily Covid-19 cases with 24,201, while 164,572 people are still diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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