Mariam is a veteran journalist with over 10 years experience under her belt. She is passionate about gender equality and workers’ rights. Despite now being shackled behind a desk for most of the time, she can never sit still when something is happening and always goes to report from the ground. Mari lives with her cat Willie, who she is training to be a dog.
On 21 March, Georgia declared a month-long state of emergency to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions on businesses and freedom of movement have left the streets of Tbilisi eerily empty.
The measures include banning gatherings of 10 or more people and closing all non-essential places of trade, including bars, restaurants, and shops.
Shops that have been allowed to stay open, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks, are obliged to prevent more than 10 people from standing together in a closed environment.
All intercity public transport, including railway travel, has been halted; all flights except for emergency flights to evacuate people have been grounded.