YEREVAN, April 3. /ARKA/. About 105,000 Armenian citizens have applied for government assistance, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Zaruhi Batoyan told a news conference today. She said these citizens were in constant touch with the ministry and their local authorities.
According to the minister, the government is trying to help them in every way if there is such a need arising from the coronavirus crisis or other reasons.
“Regardless of everything, citizens who apply to us are provided with support within the framework of the law. We also sometimes ask our colleagues for support, because it often happens that not all issues are within our jurisdiction or are resolved within our authority,” Batoyan said.
The Armenian government has approved nine assistance programs to counteract the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
It declared a 30-day state of emergency on March 16 to contain the spread of the disease. Later it imposed stringent restrictions on the movement of people, and banned certain types of economic activity until April 12 inclusive.
According to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of April 2, 33 people recovered from the disease, five patients died. In total, 2,940 coronavirus tests were negative. The number of patients undergoing treatment is 626 people. -0-