Pashinyan threatens to issue curfew order if citizens continue to ignore safety regulations

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YEREVAN, June 3. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday threatened to issue a curfew order if his fellow citizens continue to ignore the safety regulations imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. He also told law enforcement agencies to more stringently monitor their observance.

“The main question is why is this happening to us? I want to once again state that our main problem is non-compliance with anti-epidemiological rules. We are sure that compliance with the rules will lead to a reduction in the number of coronavirus infections,” the prime minister said.

At the same time, he noted that after the 2018 ‘velvet revolution’, the atmosphere of fear disappeared in the country, but the ‘atmosphere of law-abidingness’ has not yet replaced it.

He said that he had convened a meeting of the task force, set up to enforce the state of emergency, this morning and stated that the safety rules must be observed and that strict control must be exercised over their implementation, regardless of counterarguments.

He said the government would either reinstate the restrictions and issue a curfew order that would result in new economic and social shocks or all – the government, civil society, citizens, should take control of this situation and achieve quick results.

He noted that regardless of the chosen path, control over compliance with the rules should be strictly observed. The prime minister said that there are two to three days to make a difference.

A 30-day state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus was declared in Armenia on March 16 and restrictions were imposed on free movement of citizens. The government banned also some types of economic activity. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month and on May 4 it lifted the ban on almost all types of economic activity and the free movement of citizens, except for public transport. On May 14, the government has again extended the state of emergency for another 30 days.

However, despite the extension, public transport, preschools, trading centers, restaurants and gyms have reopened starting from May 18, and wearing of masks has become mandatory in public spaces.

According to official data, 517 people have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the total number to date to 10,009. The Ministry of Health said that nineteen people died from the disease in one day, raising the death toll to 158. Health authorities also said that a total of 3,427 patients have recovered from the disease.

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