ArmInfo.In the near future, 3 thousand new tests for the detection of coronavirus will arrive in Armenia. The Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia Arsen Torosyan stated this at a government meeting on February 27.
According to him, as of today, there are no cases of incidence in Armenia. The Ministry of Health has already acquired 850 tests, and, thus, the republic is fully prepared for the possible penetration of the virus. Nevertheless, as the Minister stated, everything possible is being done to exclude such a development of events. Over the past few days, 65 trucks from Iran crossed the border of Armenia, the drivers of which were checked. Also, 52 citizens of Armenia were returned from Iran to their homeland, and none of them revealed a coronavirus. Since the start of the epidemic, 95 studies have been carried out in the country, and all of them have given a negative conclusion. Arsen Torosyan emphasized that the new type of virus is not much different from the H1N1 strain widespread in the world, and if you follow the rules of hygiene, including washing your hands more often, there will be no danger. He stressed that, as a rule, a severe form of coronavirus is detected in 5% of people who have caught the virus. The minister recalled that this morning he spoke with his Georgian counterpart, with whom he discussed a case of morbidity revealed on the eve of a neighboring country, which arrived in Georgia from Iran through Azerbaijan. He is isolated for two weeks and hospitalized. Nevertheless, the sanitary-epidemiological situation in Georgia is not yet alarming.
In turn, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan emphasized that the republic, despite the epidemic, continues to live its daily life. He noted that no one will hide this fact from the public when cases of morbidity are detected. Another thing is that it will take some time to confirm or refute this possible case. Despite the absence of patients, nevertheless, the head of government called on the relevant structures to be vigilant. He expressed hope for an early stabilization of the situation in Iran, which will allow returning bilateral relations to the previous level.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, special cards are compiled for people arriving from risk zones. These persons are under control of clinics. In general, as the Deputy Prime Minister noted, the country's healthcare system, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and law enforcement agencies work competently and efficiently during this period of time, and may even serve as an example for developed countries.
Deputy Foreign Minister Avet Adonts, in turn, pointed to the data of the Armenian Embassy in China, according to which the epidemic of the coronavirus declined. Note that according to the State Committee for Hygiene and Health of China, the number of victims of the new coronavirus COVID-19 in China amounted to 2744 people, more than 32.4 thousand recovered. The number of people infected since the outbreak of pneumonia exceeded 78.4 thousand.
According to the agency, over the past day in the country 29 fatal cases were recorded and 433 new cases were detected. At the epicenter of the spread of infection in Hubei Province, 26 people died in a single day, in Beijing, Heilongjiang and Henan provinces one at a time. Since December last year, 2.641 thousand people died of coronavirus in the province, 65.596 thousand fell ill. As of February 27, 23.2 thousand people were cured and discharged from hospitals. In total, 43.3 thousand people are currently undergoing treatment in medical institutions of the country, the condition of more than 8.3 thousand patients is assessed as serious.
The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-2019 was recorded in Chinese Wuhan at the end of December 2019. The virus is the causative agent of severe pneumonia. The infection quickly spread to other countries. At present, in addition to China, the situation is most acute in Italy, South Korea, Japan and Iran.