No lab tests for coronavirus in Armenia yet, suspected samples to be sent abroad - Healthcare Ministry official

No lab tests for coronavirus in Armenia yet, suspected samples to be sent abroad - Healthcare Ministry official

There are no laboratory tests yet for diagnosing new type of coronavirus in Armenia and the region in general. However, if any suspected case is detected, Armenia will send samples to the partnering laboratories of Europe, head of Department of Epidemiology of Special Dangerous and Airborne diseases at the Healthcare Ministry Liana Torosyan said during today’s press conference, adding that there hasn’t been such a necessity yet, Armenpress reports.

“Armenia is not considered a risky country in this respect. But we have the whole laboratory capacities to diagnose the atypical pneumonia due to a novel coronavirus and the Middle East respiratory syndrome also conditioned by coronavirus. As for the new coronavirus, this is not available for some countries yet. If a case is detected, we can send the sample to the limited number of laboratories in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), which have the opportunity to diagnose it”, she said, adding that there are three such laboratories in the European region where the sample can be tested.

She added that a targeted examination is needed. Liana Torosyan said the new coronavirus doesn’t have any extraordinary symptom, mainly the existence of pneumonia hints the specialists about the possibility of coronavirus.

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