Pashinyan describes the condition of 117 people with Covid-19 as ‘extremely serious’

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YEREVAN, July 2. /ARKA/. Speaking at a press briefing today after a recurrent meeting of the government task force set up to enforce the state of emergency, declared to contain the spread of coronavirus, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said there are now 10,900 patients with the infection, of whom 2,106 are being treated in their homes.

He said the condition of 536 is serious, and that of another 117 patients is extremely serious. He also said that 1,730 patients were diagnosed with pneumonia.

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. On June 12, the government has extended the state of emergency for another month- until July 13.

Armenian health authorities have reported 523 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours saying their total number has reached 26,065. According to the Health Ministry, 10 people have died from coronavirus, two more people have died from other causes.

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