Armenian Health Minister Arsen Torosyan earlier said that the anti-epidemiological system in Georgia is different from the Armenian one, and not for the better. Torosyan noted that the small number of infections and deaths among COVID-19 in Georgia can be explained by shortcomings in terms of the methodology and quality of tests carried out in a neighboring country.
The Armenian minister’s remarks caused an acute reaction from the medical establishment of Georgia. Senior health officials in Georgia assured that the country's COVID-19 statistics are completely transparent.
Zalkaliani said that Armenian Health Ministry stated its position through the Georgian Embassy in Yerevan. After Tbilisi’s reaction, Armenia has expressed an apology over the remarks.