Pashinyan extends state of emergency in Armenia until mid-June

Pashinyan extends state of emergency in Armenia until mid-June

Armenia extended a state of emergency in the country over the coronavirus outbreak until June 13, the government said, after the number of new daily infections began rising at the end of April.

As per the respective draft decision of the government, the state of emergency is extended especially given that the emergency caused by COVID-19 in Armenia continues to threaten the lives and health of the country’s population and may lead to disruption of people’s normal living conditions, News.am reported.

"Yesterday we again recorded 142 new cases of coronavirus, recently we have more than 100 cases every day, here it is very important to understand why all this is happening," Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at the Cabinet meeting.

"The problem is that we have a situation where more than 70% of our positively diagnosed citizens are going through the disease asymptomatically," he stressed.

The PM added that the government will not resort to imposing corresponding restrictions, and will try to persuade people to follow safety rules.

A state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus was declared in Armenia from March 16 to April 14. Restrictions on free movement and certain types of economic activity introduced on March 24 were valid until April 12 inclusive. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month - until 5:00 p.m. May 14, 2020 inclusive, but on May 4, restrictions on almost all types of economic activities and the free movement of citizens were lifted.

Armenia has registered 3,860 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 49 deaths as of Thursday. 

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