SUKHUM -- The acting president of Abkhazia Valeri Bganba appealed to the population in connection with the identification of a patient infected with coronavirus-infection in the country — the official website of the Cabinet of Ministers reports.
Valeri Bganba noted that the activities of the country's leadership, the government, the dedicated work of hundreds and thousands of people, doctors, border-guards, police-officers, sanitary-doctors, volunteers and many, many others have so far allowed the prevention of the spread of coronavirus in Abkhazia, although the epidemic was raging in all neighbouring countries.
“Today we have entered a new phase of combating the epidemic. This phase is more complicated, more difficult — everything must be done to stop the disease at its outbreak, to prevent its spread throughout our country and, of course, to provide treatment for patients. Thanks to the measures taken by the government, thanks to the help of our business, we have and continue to purchase medical equipment, medicines, everything that is necessary for the treatment of our citizens,” the statement says.
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“The state will take serious organisational measures that will make it possible to limit the spread of coronavirus,” was the assurance given bt Valeri Bganba.
He emphasised that the main task in the fight against the spread of the epidemic lies with the country’s citizens.
"You have to save yourself, your family, your friends. All this can be done in one way — not to go out into the street unnecessarily, to do everything that the medical workers are requesting. Indiscipline, lack of civic consciousness on our part can lead to big trouble," - said Bganba.
He also appealed to those who recently arrived home from neighbouring countries.
"Self-isolation is your duty. The country has fulfilled its duty to you — so you too do the same — otherwise your loved ones, your friends, your family will suffer," Valeri Bganba emphasised.
Restrictions in connection with the global pandemic were introduced in the Republic on 25 March, and the state of emergency was introduced in the country on the 28th. The border with Georgia has been closed since 13 March; since 8 April, Abkhazia has closed the border for entry via Russia for all categories of citizens.