EREVAN, June 12. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said today his government was ready to accept assistance in the fight against coronavirus.
“We are preparing to ask for assistance, first of all, from the citizens of Armenia. Our message is the following: dear citizens, help us help you and help each other overcome this problem. To do this, you need to do very simple things: wear masks correctly, periodically disinfect your hands and maintain social distance,” he said during a recurrent press briefing after a meeting of the government task force set up to enforce the state of emergency, declared to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Pashinyan also asked his fellow citizens not to celebrate “clandestine” weddings, as they can cause family grief.
“If one or two persons become infected at these weddings and die, the wedding would turn happiness into family grief,” Pashinyan said.
The prime minister said also his government was ready to accept the assistance of friendly countries, although, if the level of pressure on the health system is maintained at the current level, the country itself can cope with difficulties.
“On the other hand, there are friendly countries that want to help Armenia and express their readiness for this. It’s important for us not to reject these friendly gestures,” said Pashinyan.
The head of government indicated that the pandemic is a good occasion to deepen relations with friendly countries, and if necessary, Armenia is also ready to provide the necessary assistance to others.
Pashinyan said earlier that the government is going to extend the state of emergency for another month.
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.
According to official data, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 14,669. The Ministry of Health said that the death toll has risen to 245. Health authorities also said that a total of 5,466 patients have recovered from the disease. -0-