Armenia Coronavirus Cases Surge To 160, Second Patient Recovers.

The Republic of Armenia has confirmed 24 new coronavirus cases, an increase by 24 on Saturday, March 21, now standing at 160, the Minister of Health reported.

133 out of the 160 – more than 80% – cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed in Armenia so far are related to two primary carriers, according to Health Ministry spokeswoman Alina Nikoghosyan.

The second patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Armenia has recovered, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said. Torosyan said the patient will be discharged on Saturday, March 21.

“Today we are discharging our second recovered patient, whose test results came back negative,” Torosyan said, adding that the patient’s mother – who was quarantined with the patient for 21 days in the same room – will also be discharged. The mother of the patient never even tested positive. “All her tests were negative to this day,” Torosyan said, not ruling out the possibility that the woman might have had contracted the virus but it went unnoticed due to speedy recovery.

“I wish good health to all other patients and I thank our epidemiologists and infectious diseases specialists for their work. I advise all other citizens to maintain personal protection measures, as well as the rules of the state of emergency,” Torosyan said.

No cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in the Armenian Armed Forces, according to Sahak Ohanyan, the Chief of the Central Military-Medical Committee at the Defense Ministry. Ohanyan said the situation is under control, while contractors have been urged to restrict contacts and follow safety rules.

The Ministry of Health said it will provide updated information on the number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis, at 10am.

Armenia declared a 30-day state of emergency on Monday and banned citizens of 16 nations from entering the country in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. So far, two person has recovered from the coronavirus in Armenia.

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