Not today, coronavirus, says the Republic of Georgia.
Located on the Black Sea and nestled between the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia was the recent host of the United Nation’s first in-person, Covid-compliant World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference on September 15 through 17. As the United Nations closed its first ever virtual General Assembly two weeks ago, the selection of Georgia for an in-person event is interesting for two reasons. Let’s get the first one out of the way.
First, this was the UN’s first large scale meeting abroad. Georgia has done a good job of managing its public health matters so far, taking swift action and providing clear guidance and testing. Like many countries, however, this small country of 3.7 million is experiencing a small uptick in the number of cases. But Georgia seems to have the situation under control. The overall numbers for Georgia were around