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COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationArmenia
First caseYerevan
Arrival date1 March 2020
(1 year)
OriginTehran, Milan
Confirmed cases9,492
Recovered3,402
Deaths
139
Official website
https://ncdc.am/coronavirus/confirmed-cases-by-days/

The ongoing COVID-19 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 and has caused 139 deaths.

Armenia 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.[1] The border of Armenia with the Republic of Artsakh as also been closed in order to prevent the virus from spreading to the unrecognized republic (de jure part of Azerbaijan).

Before the virus was confirmed to have arrived in Armenia, 118 tests were performed in February with negative results. To date, Armenia is reported to have performed 58,668 tests, of which 9,492 were positive.

Background[edit source | edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]

Timeline[edit source | edit]

Template:COVID-19 pandemic data/Armenia cases chart

March 2020[edit source | edit]

On 1 March 2020, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed the reports on his Facebook page that the COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Armenia.[7][8]

On 16 March, Government declared a state of emergency lasting until 14 April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The emergency measures included 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[11]

April 2020[edit source | edit]

On 1 April 2020, Armenia reported its 4th death.[citation needed]

On 6 April 2020, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that Armenia would start to produce COVID-19 tests at the Institute of Molecular Biology.[12]

On 7 April 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh. The person had returned from Armenia to Mirik village of the Kashatagh Province, 39 km from Berdzor and 89 km from Stepanakert and was taken by ambulance to the Kashatagh medical center on the morning of 2 April. All 17 people who had been in contact with this person, none of whom had symptoms, had self-isolated in advance for safety reasons.[13]


For further information, see COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Artsakh

May 2020[edit source | edit]

On 4 May 2020, the national stay-at-home order was partially lifted and non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen, provided that the businesses require customers wear masks and limit the number of customers inside stores and restaurants.[14]

On 14 May 2020, the country's state of emergency was extended until 13 June. However, preschools, shopping centres, and gyms reopened and public transport resumed starting from 18 May.[15]

June 2020[edit source | edit]

On 1 June 2020, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.[16]

Statistics[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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  13. "First coronavirus case reported in Karabakh".
  14. Elliot, Raffi (4 May 2020). "Armenia enters "new phase" of COVID-19 pandemic response as businesses reopen". The Armenian Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  15. "COVID-19: Armenian Government Approves Extending State Of Emergency". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  16. "Armenian PM Pashinyan tests positive for coronavirus". Reuters. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.