Washington Post describes Georgia as one of the most successful examples of struggling with COVID-19

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11:06, 17.05.2020 

The Washington Post describes Georgia as one of the most successful examples of struggling with COVID-19. “When it comes to coronavirus response, superpowers may need to study smaller nations” – the Washington Post published an article under this title.

According to the article,  the global pandemic showed that small countries are better able to cope with such challenges when strong and large states such as the USA, Great Britain, Russia and China, have the largest and most deadly outbreaks.

“Some smaller countries, however, have gained newfound recognition as the world takes note of their early, and still tentative, successes. Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, put it this way: The largest and most powerful nations will need to study what went right among smaller and less powerful ones” – the article reads.

The Washington Post also writes about Georgia: “As the coronavirus rages in neighboring Russia, Georgia has emerged as an island of calm. The country of some 3.75 million people has kept confirmed cases below 700, with 12 deaths, earning the World Health Organization’s praise.

According to the article, the prompt government action, such as required temperature screenings at airports in late January and early restrictions on international travel, appear to have helped beat back the outbreak.

The Washington Post writes that with the pace of infections slowing and the country set to reopen for tourism. “Its ambassador to the United States, David Bakradze, said his office has been fielding travel and business requests from curious Americans”, – the article reads.

Georgia’s small geographic size made it alert to inbound travel risks, Bakradze said, and the country had weathered so much since the Soviet Union’s collapse that citizens were willing to make sacrifices, like accepting travel bans and a range of social control measures. “We are used to pulling together in tough times,” he said.

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