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Armenia’s educational institutions to suspend operations until March 23


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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan chaired a consultative meeting to discuss the ongoing activities aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in the Republic of Armenia.

Healthcare Minister Arsen Torosyan provided statistics on the prevalence of coronavirus in Armenia, in the world and in our region. 6 infected people were reported; 5 of them are doing well and do not suffer from serious symptoms; one person has been diagnosed with pneumonia, but there is no deterioration in the health status. The Minister noted that since yesterday, appropriate steps have been taken to clarify and isolate the circle of people in contact with persons infected with coronavirus.

The Minister stressed that there is no shortage of medical supplies in the country. The required number of medical masks is available in warehouses; medical institutions get them from warehouses. Arsen Torosyan advised that steps are underway to import a new batch of medical masks. The Minister pointed out that there is no need to wear medical masks on the street, infected people and those communicating with them are supposed to wear masks. Arsen Torosyan further said that those quarantined since March 1 will be examined today, and there is a high probability that the results will be negative.

The meeting discussed further steps to combat coronavirus. The Government decided to suspend the activities of preschool institutions, schools and universities until March 23.

“On March 18-19, we will once again discuss this issue and, will extend the time frame, if necessary. We call on our fellow countrymen to refrain from attending mass events, especially those who may have symptoms and there may be a chance of infection. The Coronavirus Prevention Commission is working on a daily basis. The Commission will hold a meeting today. We are closely following the developments. We will make appropriate decisions every half an hour, if necessary. The most important task for us is not only to make decisions, but to make them as effective as possible,” the Head of Government said, noting that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is the citizens’ awareness and personal responsibility.

The Premier urged Armenian citizens to keep track of official information and not trust the unverified rumors circulated on social networks. In conclusion, Prime Minister Pashinyan gave relevant instructions to the officials in charge.

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