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Georgia PM tests positive as Covid cases spike

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Despite the start of a vaccine rollout, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, amid a new spike in cases in the Caucasus nation.

“I am feeling well,” Garibashvili, 38, said on Facebook. “I am in self-isolation and continuing to work remotely.”

Georgia reported 897 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, more than three times the average number of daily infections in recent months.

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Overall, the four-million-strong Black Sea nation has seen more than 275,000 coronavirus cases and 3,832 deaths, according to the health ministry.

Georgia started a national vaccination campaign in mid-March by inoculating medical workers with AstraZene.

Georgia received enough doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to inoculate 14,000 people, in addition to the 43,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine provided through the Covax vaccine-sharing program.

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