A study made at the request of the National Democratic Institute in Georgia has found that 53% of Georgians feel their faith is protective during the coronavirus pandemic.
The study researched the Georgians’ opinion on COVID-19-related issues such as the role of faith and religious leaders, disinformation, attitudes towards EU and NATO.
53% of the participants answered affirmatively and 38% negatively when they were asked if they agreed with the following statement: “Faith protects the faithful of my religion of COVID-19”.
Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere spoke last week of a “Georgian miracle”: there was no increase of the infection rate, even though churches remained open to the faithful.
According to the study, 10% of the Georgian faithful participated in the Divine Liturgy on Easter. Yet, the manager of the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city, announced there was no increase in the infection rate registered after the event.
The study was made between June 26 and 30 on a sample of 1,550 respondents.
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