Armenia experiences another covid surge, prime minister also tests positive

By Emilio Luciano Cricchio

1,931 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Armenia on January 25, signalling another surge in new coronavirus cases. The Armenian Health Ministry reported that around 25% of all tests carried out on Tuesday came back with a positive result.

On January 4, 3,429 people were receiving treatment for coronavirus. However, by January 19, that figure rose to 11,408.

The number of Covid deaths has so far remained low with only one death registered in the last day.

On Wednesday, Armenia’s government announced that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time. The first time was in June 2020.

“The Prime Minister has isolated himself in accordance with the established procedure, he is currently asymptomatic,” a government statement reads.

The Prime Minister’s Office stipulated that Pashinyan will carry out his activities remotely.

According to the Worldometer online platform, Armenia ranks 84th in the world in terms of coronavirus numbers with 355,662 cases. Georgia is in the 48th place with 1,092,684 cases, and Azerbaijan is in the 66th place with 636,956 cases.