YEREVAN, June 23. /ARKA/. Some 504 patients with coronavirus are in serious condition, 123 patients are in critical condition and 44 people are connected to ventilators, Armenia’s Health Minister Arson Torosyan said today.
Speaking at a press briefing after a recurrent meeting of the government task force, set up to enforce the state of emergency, Torosyan said these numbers showed the entire seriousness of the situation. He said the citizens need to treat the new standards of behavior – such as wearing masks, disinfecting hands and maintaining social distance as a long-term measure.
“We must be prepared to live like this until this challenge completely disappears, not only in Armenia, but throughout the world,” he emphasized.
The day before, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that three large oxygen producing stations were delivered by a cargo plane from China, which will be given to the Nork Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital, the Scientific Center for Traumatology and Orthopedics, and the Surb Astvatsamayr Medical Center.
He said centralized oxygen stations will be delivered also for the Surb Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, the Police Hospital and the Mikaelyan Institute of Surgery.
Oxygen concentrators have also arrived in Armenia for hospitals in Spitak, Artashat, Surb Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center and the Nork Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital. All these purchases were financed by the government.
“Over the past week, the number of people waiting for hospitalization ranged from 150-200 people, some of them were at their home, and some were in various medical centers,’ he said.
Torosyan said several more hospitals will join this new coronavirus treatment system, including a hospital in the resort town of Dilijan, the Armenia Medical Center in Yerevan and a hospital in the town of Spitak.
“This is an unprecedented mobilization of health care resources aimed at treating all citizens in need,” Torosyan emphasized.
As of June 22, Armenia’s confirmed cases of Covid -19 have grown to 20,588 with death toll reaching. 360. Some 20,588 patients are said to have recovered. As many as 117 people infected with the coronavirus have died in the country from other diseases.
A state of emergency was declared in Armenia on March 16, 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and then extended three times. The latest decision, dated from June 12, extended the state of emergency until July 13. –