BREAKING NEWS: Armenia Reports Highest Single-Day Rise In COVID-19 Cases With 239 New Cases, Total At 4,283 & 55 Deaths.

Today, the Republic of Armenia confirmed 239 new coronavirus cases and 3 new deaths, on Saturday, May 16, taking the total number of cases to 4,283, per Armenia’s Ministry of Health.

Out of the 4,283 total cases, 1,791 people recovered (125 Today) and 55 patients with underlying health conditions died. The remaining 2,415 are active cases, per Alina Nikoghosyan, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. To date, 39,005 negative coronavirus tests have been conducted in Armenia, added Nikoghosyan.

The 53rd, 54th and 55th COVID-19 fatality were a 71-year-old, a 60-year-old and a 46-year-old, per Alina Nikoghosyan, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

More than 40 residents of the Nork nursing home of Yerevan, as well as several staffers have been infected with the novel coronavirus, Armenian healthcare minister’s spokesperson Alina Nikoghosyan said.

“This is of course a very dangerous source for the spread of the disease given the age of the patients and the accompanying chronic diseases. It’s already two days the doctors of the St. Gregory the Illuminator hospital are working on the spot to assess and monitor the health condition of the patients. Today their transportation to hospitals will be organized to ensure their further treatment”, the spokesperson said.

“In order to resist the novel coronavirus disease nearly 100,000 test kits were acquired and we continue acquiring medical equipment, personal protective items. In particular, Armenia will be supplied with 70 additional ventilators (at the moment we have 100). It is also planned to acquire additional ambulances and high-capacity cars,” said PM Pashinyan.

Pashinyan informed that the process of purchasing mobile X-ray scanners and other medical equipment for diagnosing and treating the virus has already started. Production of face masks launched in Armenia which is capable of meeting the domestic demand and also conducting an export. The same relates to the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

“As a result of the government-community-civil society-private sector partnership, single elderly people, large, needy families and other vulnerable groups, as well as those instructed to be self-quarantined have been provided with over 50,000 food and hygiene items, worth 13,000 AMD on average”, the PM added.

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