Armenian PM Pashinyan says he & his family have contracted coronavirus

02 Juin, 2020, 17:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Pashinyan made the announcement in a Facebook Live broadcast

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday announced that he and all of his family members are tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Pashinyan said he had no "visible symptoms" of the virus and would be working from home. I have all means of communication, all the necessary conditions, an office.

Pashinyan's spokeswoman, Mane Gevorgyan, said later in the day that there are no plans yet to have members of the Armenian government or the prime minister's staff to undergo coronavirus tests. 'Members of the government who have been in contact with the PM had adhered to safety regulations - they had worn masks, kept social distancing, used sanitisers, etc'.

Pashinyan said in this regard that he believes he might have only infected "as few people in the government as possible".

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The ex-Soviet republic of about three million has so far reported 9,492 cases of the coronavirus and 139 deaths.

Stressing that Armenia is not "doing well" in combatting the COVID-19 virus, he urged citizens to learn living with it.

Pashinyan has suspicions that he got infected from a waiter who didn't wear a glove, and that waiter has also tested positive for COVID-19.

The number of infections and deaths in Armenia has gone up continuously since the government in mid-April started to gradually dismantle a nationwide lockdown declared in late March, allowing virtually all sectors of the Armenian economy to reopen by May 10. "We don't have any symptoms, the temperature is normal", Pashinyan said.



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