Armenia closes educational establishments for one week because of coronavirus concerns


YEREVAN, March 2. /ARKA. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced today that classes in all educational establishments across the country will be suspended for a week. He said the decision is meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reported earlier today the country’s first confirmed case of a coronavirus infection, saying the government was taking a set of precautionary measures to thwart the spread of the infection.

Pashinyan said in a Facebook posting that the man, who tested positive for the infection is 28 years old had arrived on February 28 from the neighboring Iran by plane and later went to the hospital for treatment. According to Pashinyan, the man is in good condition.

Thirty-two Armenian citizens suspected to be infected with coronavirus have been quarantined at the Golden Palace hotel located in the resort town of Tsaghkadzor, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan told a news conference today.

“We decided to postpone the spring school holidays. This will give us the opportunity to understand what is happening,” Pashinyan said during a live Facebook stream. He added there is no direct threat to public health.


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