COVID-19 testing rules changed in Armenia

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YEREVAN, July 21. /ARKA/. Taking into account the situation in the country, the epidemiological characteristics of cases, laboratory tests and other factors, changes were made to the order for testing for coronavirus, the press service of the Armenian health ministry reports.

“In clinics and medical establishments, patients whose temperature rose to 37.5 degrees will be tested for coronavirus, while previously only those whose temperature was 38.5 degrees were subject to testing, in particular, as well as in case of the presence of respiratory diseases and other suspicious symptoms,” the message says.

Patients with tuberculosis, those receiving hemodialysis and their staff, beneficiaries and employees of closed institutions such as nursing homes, public health staff who conduct research, take samples and (or) participate in the laboratory diagnosis of coronavirus, employees of special penitentiary institutions, which are in direct contact with prisoners will be tested.

A state of emergency in order to curb the spread of coronavirus was declared in Armenia on March 16, 2020, and then extended four times for a month. Thus, according to the government’s decision of July 13, the state of emergency is in effect in Armenia until 17:00 on August 12.

Restrictions on free movement and some types of economic activity introduced on March 24 were lifted on May 4, and on May 18, public transport, gyms, kindergartens and catering facilities were resumed.

As of Monday morning, July 20, there were 34,981 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 650 deaths and 23,502 recovered patients in Armenia. -0-

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