Analysis of Health Sector Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Georgia, Armenia and Slovenia

Scientific Investigator: Lela Sturua

Analysis of Health Sector Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Georgia, Armenia and Slovenia
The pandemic known as COVID-19 has completely isolated countries, disrupted health systems and paralyzed the world. A reported outbreak of pneumonia caused by an unknown source in the Hubei province of China was reported in late December 2019 (WHO, 2020). The source has since been identified as a betacoronavirus similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). It has since been named SARS-CoV-2 and has caused the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019, referred to as COVID-19.
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, and then subsequently, a pandemic on 11 March 2020 (WHO, 2020). In the first six months of 2020, COVID-19 has affected almost all countries and eight million people around the world. The action plan of the governments and their health sectors to fight the pandemic is heterogeneous, many countries have been quite unprepared to fight the pandemic and manage the crisis, and many of them have met the challenges with prompt response and appropriate regulations. It is essential to have the worldwide studies of pandemic development and ongoing activities be conducted on an ongoing basis to analyze and identify the next steps in both to fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the management of similar crises expected.