According to the Ministry of Health of Artsakh, another 10 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. Nine of the cases were registered in Stepanakert and one at the border checkpoint. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the Republic to 203. Another 98 people continue to be in quarantine and the total number of tests conducted to date is 4251.
The Ministry of Health reported 383 new cases of COVID-19 and 509 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36,996 of which 9,833 are active cases and 26,243 have already recovered. Eight COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 56 and the oldest 85), who all, other than one, had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 700. Two patients with COVID-19 also died, but the virus was not the cause of death; 220 such cases have been reported. To date, 155,664 tests have been conducted, of which 1,850 were in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a Facebook live that considering the recent escalations on the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border, the situation with COVID-19 was not the Government’s first priority over the past few days. Pashinyan noted that for the first time since June 14, the number of active coronavirus cases has dipped below 10,000 (according to today’s updates, the number of active cases is 9,969). This, according to the PM, is very important information and there are reasons to claim that the country has not only entered the stage of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic but also strengthened its resistance to the second wave of the virus, which is expected in the fall.
Pashinyan also said that certain people have once again started spreading disinformation about COVID-19 and the anti-epidemic guidelines introduced by the Government. He went on to explain that compliance with the anti-epidemic rules (which includes wearing a face mask) is the reason behind the decreasing numbers. Pashinyan stressed that wearing a face is an unpleasant experience for everyone, including himself, but it is one of the main reasons behind the positive dynamics that the country has registered. He noted that the recent statistics should encourage everyone to more strictly follow the anti-epidemic regulations, otherwise the country will very soon end up in a situation similar to June.
The PM noted that the Government’s goal is to be more prepared for the expected second wave of the virus. About 700 people have died in Armenia after battling the coronavirus and this, according to Pashinyan, is a horrible statistic. Besides wearing a face mask, the discipline of business entities and people in general also played a key role. Pashinyan said that the Government has tried to loosen restrictions as much as possible and if a certain restriction is still in place, it means that lifting that restriction is not possible or reasonable at this point. He noted that the relatively stable situation is still not a guarantee that the country will not register an increase in the number of confirmed cases in a few days.
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In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of July 24: As an uneasy calm is being maintained on the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border, tensions and emotions are spilling over elsewhere; for the first time in weeks the number of active COVID-19 cases in Armenia dips below the 10,000 mark and more.
Health Minister Arsen Torosyan met with a team of German medics who are in Armenia to help local medical staff in their fight against COVID-19. The meeting took place with members of the German medical mission and Germany’s Ambassador to Armenia Michael Johannes Banzhaf. Torosyan thanked the team for being willing to come and share their expertise, noting that the experience of developed countries is combating the virus is valuable for developing countries.
The medical team also brought with the PPEs, medical and worked alongside Armenian doctors at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Center, Surb Astvatsamayr Hospital and the Police Medical Hospital.
The mission was made possible with the combined efforts of Armenia’s Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries, the German Government, the German Embassy in Armenia, the EU and the World Health Organization.
Health Ministry Spokesperson Alina Nikoghosyan said that there have been changes made to the interactive map identifying the locations of COVID-19 patients who are in quarantine.
According to Nikoghosyan, the map is more interactive andThe map is more interactive and includes additional information. It will be updated every hour and will have an accuracy of ±0-100/m to ensure the privacy of personal data.
Hovering above a particular point, the user will be able to see the age and sex of the patient and the date when they were confirmed to be infected. It is also possible to download the app, which according to Nikoghosyan is more user-friendly.
The Ministry of Health of Artsakh reported 6 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 new recoveries bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 193, of which 46 are active cases and 147 have already recovered. The five new cases were registered in Stepanakert and are contacts of previously identified infection hubs. One case was registered in the community of Aygestan in the Askeran region.
The Ministry of Health reported 451 new cases of COVID-19 and 490 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36,613 of which 9,969 are active cases and 25,734 have already recovered. Four COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 65 and the oldest 90), who all had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 692. One patient with COVID-19 also died, but the virus was not the cause of death; 218 such cases have been reported. To date, 153,814 tests have been conducted, of which 1,935 were in the last 24 hours.
At the request of Armenia, the Embassy of Japan in Armenia delivered the antiviral medication Avigan for 100 patients. According to the Embassy, while a final vaccine is still being developed, many countries are using Avigan in the fight against COVID-19. The announcement also stated: “It is sincerely hoped that they will be put into the most effective use by Armenian medical specialists and contribute to further advancement of COVID-19’s clinical research, thus assisting the recovery of more patients through that process.”
*Avigan is supplied only at the discretion of Japan’s Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry and only manufactured and distributed upon request by the Japanese Government.
The Ministry of Health of Artsakh reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 187, of which 43 are active cases and 144 have already recovered. The three new cases registered in Stepanakert, and are from previously recorded infection hubs. One case was registered in Ivanyan community and the patient was a contact person of the previously identified infection hub from Askeran. To date, 4216 tests have been conducted and 76 citizens are in isolation.
By the decision of the Warden of the Special Commission of Artsakh Grigor Martirosyan, starting July 23 the community of Haterk in the Martakert region will have temporary restrictions on entry and exit.
The Ministry of Health reported 469 new cases of COVID-19 and 478 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36,162 of which 10,013 are active cases and 25,244 have already recovered. Ten COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 73 and the oldest 87), who all had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 688. To date, 151,879 tests have been conducted, of which 1,981 were in the last 24 hours.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sent 28,000 protective medical gowns and 20,000 N95 respirator masks for healthcare workers in Armenia. The WHO acquired the supplies with the financial support of the EU. The Health Ministry will distribute the PPEs to healthcare facilities which need them.
Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia Shombi Sharp and Coordinator of WHO Health Emergencies Programme for the South Caucasus Vasily Esenamanov handed over the supplies to Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Health Lena Nanushyan.
According to Health Ministry Spokesperson Alina Nikoghosyan, two Armenian medics have died after being infected with COVID-19: Pediatrician Siranush Harutyunyan (59) and nurse Armine Hovhannisyan (56), both of whom worked at St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Center. Nikoghosyan said that Dr. Siranush Harutyunyan was not working with COVID-19 patients and had contracted the virus outside of the hospital.
The Ministry of Health of Artsakh reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183, of which 39 are active cases and 144 have already recovered. The four new cases are family members from Martakert who are currently in isolation. The two new cases are residents of Askeran and registered at the border checkpoint. The other four cases were registered in Stepanakert, three of which are contacts with previously recorded infection hubs, and one is from a new hub. Currently, all the necessary disinfection activities are being carried out and the contacts of the patients are being identified and tested. To date, 4043 tests have been conducted and 80 citizens are in isolation.
The Ministry of Health reported 439 new cases of COVID-19 and 560 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 35,693 of which 10,032 are active cases and 24,766 have already recovered. Sixteen COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 49 and the oldest 85), who all had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 678. To date, 149,898 tests have been conducted, of which 1,718 were in the last 24 hours.