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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Armenia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Armenia
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Armenia (Density).svg
Number of confirmed cases by province (as of 31 March):
  Confirmed 1–9
  Confirmed 10–49
  Confirmed 50–199
  Confirmed 200–499
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationArmenia
First outbreakTehran, Milan
Index caseYerevan
Arrival date1 March 2020
(1 month and 1 day)
Confirmed cases663[1]
Recovered33[2]
Deaths
5

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 4 deaths as of 31 March.

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.[3] 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 3,603 tests, of which 663 were positive (confirmed COVID-19 case) and 2,940 were negative.


Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Armenia  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases

Mar Mar Apr Apr Last 15 days Last 15 days

Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-01
1(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-11
4(+300%)
2020-03-12
6(+50%)
2020-03-13
13(+117%)
2020-03-14
20(+54%)
2020-03-15
28(+40%)
2020-03-16
45(+61%)
2020-03-17
78(+73%)
2020-03-18
110(+41%)
2020-03-19
136(+24%)
2020-03-20
160(+18%)
2020-03-21
190(+19%)
2020-03-22
194(+2%)
2020-03-23
235(+21%)
2020-03-24
265(+13%)
2020-03-25
290(+9%)
2020-03-26
329(+13%) 1(n.a.)
2020-03-27
372(+13%) 1(=)
2020-03-28
424(+14%) 3(+200%)
2020-03-29
482(+14%) 3(=)
2020-03-30
532(+10%) 3(=)
2020-03-31
571(+7%) 3(=)
2020-04-01
663(+16%) 4(+33%)
Sources: National Center for Disease Control provides daily update of numbers from the previous days every morning at 11:00 here


March

On 1 March 2020, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed the reports on his Facebook page that the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Armenia.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[8]

April

On 1 April 2020, Armenia reported its 4th death.

Statistics

By Province

Pos.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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Province Cases Deaths Percent2
Yerevan (c) 219 5 38.354%
Ararat 113 0 19.79%
Kotayk 88 0 15.412%
Armavir 51 0 8.932%
Aragatsotn 10 0 1.751%
Syunik 8 0 1.401%
Shirak 6 0 1.051%
Lori 4 0 0.701%
Tavush 2 0 0.350%
Vayots Dzor 1 0 0.175%
Gegharkunik 0 0 0%
TBD1 161 0 12.084%
Total 663 5 100%

1 Provinces in this table are up to date as of 31 March; TBD represents the newer cases whose provinces have not yet been publicized. 2 Province's percent information update 1 of April.

References

  1. ^ Ghazanchyan, Siranush (31 March 2020). "Coronavirus cases reach 663 in Armenia". 1 Lurer. Public Radio of Armenia. Retrieved 33 March 2020. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Ghazanchyan, Siranush (27 March 2020). "Ten more recover from the coronavirus in Armenia – Health Minister". Public Radio of Armenia. Public Radio of Armenia. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ "IATA - International Travel Document News". www.iatatravelcentre.com.
  4. ^ "First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Armenia". Asbarez.com. 2 March 2020. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Armenia reports first coronavirus infection". Reuters. 1 March 2020. Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Armenia declares one-month state of emergency for coronavirus". Reuters. 1 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "COVID-19: Updates From Armenia". EVN Report. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  8. ^ Asbarez Staff (26 March 2020). "Armenia Reports First Coronavirus Death". Asbarez. Asbarez. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
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