The authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (South Ossetia) have decided to close all border crossings with Georgia, where the outbreak of the deadly H1N1 virus continues, which has already killed 15 people. However, several Abkhazia patients were still brought to Georgia for treatment.
On Friday morning, the State Security Committee of South Ossetia (KGB) announced the closure
The report of the KGB of South Ossetia said that the Republic's Security Council, "having discussed the situation with the spread of a dangerous disease in a neighboring country at a special meeting," to avoid the contamination of the citizens of the South Ossetia "has decided to temporarily stop the checkpoint on the border with Georgia from 8:00 pm 11 January" However, according to Kommersant, the Leningor checkpoint is, in fact, already closed by mid-day on Friday.
On the eve of this, a similar decision was taken by the border guard service of Abkhazia, after introducing the quarantine at Inguri's checkpoint, which essentially means a complete cessation of citizens' passes in both directions, except in special cases and a special permit.
Despite the ongoing conflict between Tbilisi and the former autonomies, both the checkpoints have functioned normally so far and, as the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly noted in statements on the topics "Georgian-Abkhaz" and "Georgian-Ossetian", "hundreds of people crossing the border every day ".
Apparently, the decision of the authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was influenced by reports of a rapid increase in the number of swine flu deaths in Georgia. So, Thursday evening, the 13th patient died of the H1N1 virus – a 22-year-old girl. According to his relatives, before the infection was completely healthy and did not suffer.
But the closure of the border did not protect states partially recognized by the penetration of swine flu.
On Friday night, two people with influence were brought from Abkhazia to the nearby Georgian city of Zugdidi.
It should be noted that the so-called Georgian government's referral program provides for the completely free treatment of ethnic Abkhazia living in Abkhazia for any diseases and free operations, including the most expensive ones. Other residents in Abkhazia (including Georgians, Russians, Armenians, etc.) Do not have access to the referral program and can only use the "universal health insurance" civil program, which provides only partial coverage of treatment and surgery costs.
George Dvali, Tbilisi