YEREVAN, August 25. /ARKA/. On the instruction of the World Bank, a study was carried out in Armenia on the perception of the situation formed by the coronavirus epidemic. The study shows that the coronavirus is currently perceived as a priority problem for the country by 36% and unemployment by 33%. More than half of the respondents (54%) noted that their personal financial situation has worsened due to the epidemic.
It is indicated that a third of respondents (35%) lost their jobs due to an outbreak of illness or reduced their working hours / income.
To compensate for the diminished income, 36% of respondents cut their spending on food, and 43% on other basic necessities, the report said.
It is reported that 30% believe that their economic situation will remain the same over the next 12 months, 25% hope that it will improve, and 33% expect the economic situation to deteriorate.
It is noted that 54% of the surveyed citizens trust the healthcare system, while fewer people trust the state healthcare system – 42% fully trust and 27% rather trust. The police also have a high level of public trust (43% fully trust and 29% rather trust).
Many believe that the programs of state support for citizens in the fight against coronavirus are sufficient (19%) or rather sufficient (34%).
Some 65% of respondents have absolutely had no advantage of the government programs.
It is reported that 27% of respondents noted that the most preferable type of support is the delay in payments and repayment of loans, and 24% gave priority to assistance with utility payments.
About 43% of respondents believe that schools will open in September and will work as usual. In the event of the opening of schools, 51% of parents are ready to send their children to educational institutions.
The study was conducted from 21 to 29 July 2020. As many as 774 respondents over 18 took part in it. Among the interviewed citizens, 37% live in Yerevan, 36% – in rural areas and 27% – in other cities.
A state of emergency was declared in Armenia on March 16, 2020 in order to suppress the spread of COVID-19, and then it was extended five times. Thus, according to the government’s decision of August 12, the state of emergency is in effect in Armenia until 17:00 on September 11.
At the same time, restrictions on free movement and some types of economic activity introduced from March 24 were lifted on May 4, and, public transport, gyms, kindergartens and catering facilities resumed operating from May 18. From August 12, foreigners’ entry to the country was allowed. Holding meetings and rallies was allowed as well, but with wearing masks and observing social distance.
According to the latest report released Monday morning, there are 42,825 confirmed COVID-19 infection cases 854 deaths and 36,049 recovered patients in Armenia.