OREANDA-NEWS. The Interdepartmental Coordination Council under the Prime Minister of Georgia for the fight against COVID-19 decided from February 1 to lift the ban on regular flights, which has been in effect in the country since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava announced this during a briefing on January 22 on the air of Imedi TV channel.

According to the minister, the ban on air traffic in Georgia will be canceled from February 1. All airlines will be able to resume operations from this date.

Georgia, due to the coronavirus pandemic, closed its land borders with all countries in mid-March, and at the end of March it stopped air traffic with all countries. In August, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Georgia opened regular flights with Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and then some flights resumed from the Georgian city of Kutaisi.

Also, as follows from the decision of the council, from February 1, the work of public transport, schools, shops and shops in Batumi, Zugdidi, Gori, Poti and Telavi will be resumed.

It is reported that in December, the National Center for Disease Control of the Ministry of Health of Georgia began to study several suspicious cases of coronavirus infection, where a new strain may be detected. On January 4, it became known that one case of infection was confirmed. As specified, the infected is a man over 50 years old who arrived in Georgia from another country.