Policy responses for Georgia - HSRM

Georgia


Policy responses for Georgia

1.4 Monitoring and surveillance

The case definition of COVID-19 infection in Georgia is based on the WHO standard definition. It was adopted initially on 31 January and then regularly updated. The country launched active surveillance and COVID-19 has been included in the list of diseases that are subject to immediate notification.  Contact tracing has been proactively implemented for all cases.

From 6 March 2020, citizens and travellers who had spent time in affected areas had to undergo intensive screening when crossing the state border. Alternatively, they must present a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab-test certificate issued by a laboratory in the country of departure, or in case of transit travellers, by a laboratory in the transit country. Travellers from affected areas were provided with information leaflets that were available in multiple languages (including Farsi and Chinese). On 16 April, a new Stop Covid mobile application was launched to support early detection and prevention. It is the same as that used in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. The app creates a unique ID for each user, through which it determines social contacts. All data are stored on the mobile phone, locally, using a powerful encoding system that is in compliance with European data protection legislation. Bluetooth, GPS, and other technologies are used to determine which smartphones have been near each other, including information about the date of contact, duration (more than 15 minutes), and distance (less than 2 meters). If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, those who have been in contact with the confirmed case over the past few days will receive a warning and an instruction to remain in self-isolation and contact the appropriate authorities immediately ( http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/949581588712278110/pdf/Georgia-Emergency-COVID-19-Response-Project.pdf ) As of 24 September, the app had been downloaded by over 200,000 people and had found 27 COVID-19 cases.

As of 24 September, total contacts under quarantine regime was 5255 and contact tracing capacity had increased to 5000+