Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response in Georgia
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time.
But COVID-19 is much more than a health crisis. In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the United Nations Secretary-General calls on everyone to act together to address this impact and lessen the blow to people.
“COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “This human crisis demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies – and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries”—UN Secretary-General
To that end, the Secretary-General has established a dedicated COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support efforts in low- and middle-income countries. Its approach underpins the reformed UN with a coordinated multi-agency, multi-sectoral response for priority national and local actions to address the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It will count on the country leadership of Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in swiftly supporting and enabling governments in this crisis, and recovery. Visit COVID-19 dedicated UN website for information.
UN’s Response in Georgia
Since the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations agencies in Georgia have been taking robust steps to ensure the country preparedness and response capabilities.
UN has been providing the national counterparts with guidelines and recommendations that can impact upon health policies and protocols and is currently adapting its entire program in Georgia to assist national efforts to halt the pandemic and help people overcome its social and economic consequences.
The UN system is working closely with the government and other partners to address the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by helping procure vital medical and other supplies, providing emergency cash assistance to hundreds of households and individuals, including asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons as well as fuel and fertilizers for ploughing and sowing.
Working closely with the authorities and development partners, UN through the public awareness campaigns (e.g. "Do Your Part - Stay Safe") is supporting the national response to the pandemic ensuring that all people in Georgia have access to accurate and timely information to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN agencies have produced over 85,000 leaflets and posters, dozens of videos and other informational materials on COVID-19 prevention for general public as well as for people with disabilities and national minorities.
As Georgia shifted its COVID-19 lockdown, sustaining assistance to vulnerable persons is key to preventing any renewed outbreak of the virus. That’s why the United Nations is launching new initiatives to provide home care support and other services to vulnerable people at high risk of contracting COVID-19 in Tbilisi and the regions – older people living on their own, persons with chronic diseases and special needs.
In addition, the UN agencies work to create new opportunities for young people for them to stay active, to learn new skills, to find new platforms for their development and for enhanced awareness, and find ways of overcoming the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 crisis.
The UN’s work on socio-economic recovery in Georgia is supported by the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund that has allocated USD 1 million to Georgia.
Thus, the battle against COVID-19 is at the top of our work agenda.
Find out how the UN is working in Georgia to assist all people in Georgia, including those vulnerable and marginalized on UN Georgia Trello board that houses social assets and messaging in one place.
- Government hotline: 144
- MoH hotline: 1505
What is a Coronavirus? What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How can I protect myself? Should I worry about COVID-19? Get the answers:
- UN COVID-19 website
- WHO information on the coronavirus
- WHO daily situation reports
- WHO dashboard for regular updates on the virus spread
- WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak website page
- Government of Georgia official information website
Other useful information
- Recommendations for Aircraft Crew
- Recommendations for International Travelers
- Recommendations for Media&Journalists
- Recommendations for Persons in Isolation
- Recommendations for Persons in Self-confinement
- Temporary Recommendations (Guidelines) on Infection Prevention and Control for Emergency Care Providers
- Interim recommendations for cleaning Non-medical locations exposed to COVID-19
- Recommendations for travelers from high risk countries with new coronavirus (COVID-19) outspread
- Medical supervision and domestic service implementation protocol (Interim), during temporary isolation period of individuals from severe/complex Epid-situation countries entering Georgia, in order to lower the risks of bringing in and diffusing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inside the country.
- Normative Acts
- Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak
- COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- What can people do to protect themselves and others from getting the new coronavirus?
- How to wear medical masks to protect against the new coronavirus? by Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia and Gela Geladze, NCDC
- Recommendation for journalists and media
- How to use properly respirators (Georgian)
- How to properly use face mask (Georgian)
- How to properly use gloves
- Safety rules for passengers in taxis
- Safety rules for passengers in public transport