YEREVAN, March 12. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said today three more cases of coronavirus were reported by Armenia’s health authorities.
He said earlier that two of them are citizens of Armenia (45 and 27 years old) and the other one is a citizen of Italy (51 years old), who has been working in Armenia. All three arrived from Italy. The people who contacted with them are currently being clarified for isolation.
“The citizen of Italy and one of the citizens of Armenia have no complaints. The third is ill with pneumonia. They were hospitalized immediately after the arrival,” Pashinyan wrote on his Facebook page.
Anticipating criticism because of making no decision to cancel flights from Italy, the prime minister said that this opportunity was discussed several times. “We came to the conclusion that potential infected persons could arrive in Armenia from neighboring countries, such as France, Austria, since there are no restrictions within the European Union,” Pashinyan wrote.
He noted that according to this logic it was necessary to close other flights from Europe, especially that the coronavirus is spreading to other European countries.
“At present, the airlines themselves have decided to stop flights from Italy. I would like to note that the patients are isolated at the Golden Palace Hotel and the first patient infected with coronavirus feels good, there are no complaints,” Pashinyan wrote. He urged citizens to remain calm and follow the advice of the Ministry of Health on the prevention of coronavirus.
The first case of COVID-19 in Armenia was recorded on the night of March 1 – a repeated test of a 29-year-old Armenian citizen, who arrived in Yerevan from Tehran on February 28, showed a positive result. Thirty-one people who had contact with the sick citizen were isolated in a hotel in Tsaghkadzor.