Gov’t to add buses in Tbilisi as marshutkas are temporarily banned

  • Only public transport will serve passengers in Tbilisi starting today. Photo: Tbilisi Transport Company., 18 Mar 2020 - 13:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

Tbilisi City Hall will allocate additional buses for busy routes in Tbilisi as mini buses, so-called marshrutkas, have been temporarily banned from serving passengers starting today to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Georgian Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze stated earlier today. 

 The statement comes after complaints on social media that banning marshrutkas made buses overcrowded.

Starting today marshrutkas will not serve passengers in Tbilisi. Photo: 1TV. 

 Starting today only public transport will work in the capital city, which will be disinfected on a daily basis.

 Since February 26, 2020 Georgia has had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, one has already been discharged, decreasing the number of infected to 37.