YEREVAN, March 28. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan chaired a regular meeting on Friday to address ways to offset the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the press service of the government said.
It said the meeting looked into ways to mitigate the situation for certain social groups. The government officials were said to have summarized the ideas voiced at the previous meeting and considered the proposals to expand the circle of beneficiaries of the social assistance program approved by the government the day before.
The prime minister spoke about the issues that were raised during his today’s telephone conversations with citizens. He said the people who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus need urgent help, which should become a priority goal.
Pashinyan instructed the responsible persons to continue interagency work to supplement the generated ideas and, on the basis of this work, to submit Sunday a project to expand the package of social assistance measures.
The meeting also discussed issues related to the implementation of the programs of economic and agricultural assistance approved by the government the day before.
To provide maximum support to businesses and citizens in the current situation, the government approved on March 26 a comprehensive action plan to counter the adverse coronavirus impact and five measures to offset its economic consequences.
The program is specifically aimed at addressing the liquidity-related risks for individual business entities, promoting sustainable economic development, identifying and assisting those people who have lost their jobs due to the virus, ensuring the safety of vulnerable groups and supporting their families, modernizing Armenia’s healthcare system, providing efficient management of stocks of food, medical supplies, raw materials and other products.
On March 16, the government of Armenian declared a 30-day state of emergency to fight the spread of coronavirus. According to the latest data, 329 cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded in the country, 28 people were said to have recovered and one patient, a 72 year-old woman died from the coronavirus.