2020 coronavirus pandemic in Armenia
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The ongoing worldwide 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Armenia on 1 March 2020 when its first case was confirmed. The disease, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel virus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has spread to all of the regions (marz) of Armenia, except for Gegharkunik, and has caused 9 deaths.
|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Armenia|
Number of confirmed cases by province (as of 31 March):
|First outbreak||Tehran, Milan|
|Arrival date||1 March 2020|
(1 month and 1 week)
Armenia has yet to fully close its international borders, or implement an internal lockdown, but it has suspended visa-free travel for Chinese citizens since 1 February, shortly after it implemented a 90-day visa-free regime on 19 January. Citizens of Iran can no longer receive a visa on arrival either. Additionally, passengers who have been to most of Europe, as well as Japan and South Korea, within the past 14 days, are no longer allowed to enter Armenia. The border of Armenia with the Republic of Artsakh has also been closed in order to prevent the virus from spreading to the unrecognized republic (a state whose territory is de-jure part of Azerbaijan), which had its general elections on 31 March.
Before the virus was confirmed to have arrived in Armenia, 118 tests were performed in February with negative results. To date, Armenia has reported to have performed 5,452 tests, of which 881 were positive (confirmed COVID-19 case) and 4,571 were negative.
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.
On 16 March, Government declared a state of emergency lasting until 14 April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The emergency measures include the closure of all educational institutions, closing the borders with Georgia and Iran, banning gatherings with over 20 people, and postponing the 2020 Armenian constitutional referendum.
As of 18 March, in addition to 799 people in self-isolation, there were 444 people in quarantine, gathered in the Golden Palace Hotel of Tsaghkadzor and the Monte Melkonian Military College of Dilijan.
On 21 March, Armenia's Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said they have over 600 in quarantine in different regions of Armenia. He added that Armenia's capacity for quarantining people is nearing its limit, and that people should already resort to self-isolation as a preventative measure. Of the confirmed cases, 133 were linked to the clusters of cases from Ejmiatsin and a sewing factory in Yerevan.
As of 24 March, there are 235 confirmed cases. 26 patients have pneumonia, 6 of whom are in intensive care, though they are not intubated (not on artificial respirators), and are under constant supervision.
On Thursday 26 March, Armenia's Health Ministry announced the country's first death from COVID-19. The patient was a 72-year-old male Armenian citizen with multiple pre-existing conditions.
On 1 April 2020, Armenia reported its 4th death.
1 TBD represents the cases whose provinces have not yet been updated.
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