YEREVAN, March 30. /ARKA/. The United States will provide $1.1 million to Armenia as part of the global U.S. COVID-19 emergency aid package, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) reports on its website.
According to the report, the ANCA welcomed confirmation, shared today with the ANCA by the State Department, that the global U.S. COVID-19 emergency aid package – which will provide $274 million in resources to 64 of the world’s most at-risk countries will include $1.1 million for Armenia.
“We welcome this first round of additional U.S. healthcare resources for Armenia related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian is quoted as saying in his statement. “The ANCA encourages the immediate reprogramming of funds already appropriated by Congress for Armenia to help meet this crisis. As we have been from the beginning of this global pandemic, we will remain engaged with Executive and Legislative branch leaders to support joint U.S.-Armenia efforts to contain COVID-19 and to care for those suffering with this virus.”
The additional U.S. health assistance will help Armenia prepare laboratory systems, activate case finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, and bolster risk communication.
Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has allocated $ 274 million to assist the countries most stricken by coronavirus. RIA Novosti reported with reference to Pompeo that these funds will be divided between 64 countries.
As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 372 confirmed cases of infection with coronavirus were recorded in Armenia, 28 people were cured and one patient died. Altogether, 2,172 coronavirus tests provided a negative result. As many as 343 people are now being treated.
The Armenian government has declared a state of emergency in the country from March 16 to April 14 in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.