Deputy of Armenia's ruling My Step Alliance Hovhannes Igityan today told reporters that closed discussions on the situation regarding the coronavirus were held with Members of Parliament, government officials and Minister of Healthcare Arsen Torosyan on Sunday.
According to him, they discussed all the possible scenarios and the government’s actions in this period. The deputy assured that the government will be ready to take appropriate measures in case of possible escalation of the situation. “We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We might have to cancel all massive events. In some countries, parliaments stopped holding sessions. I believe Armenia also has to be ready to respond to all the challenges properly,” Igityan said.
When asked if the authorities might temporarily refuse to hold the campaign for the referendum for constitutional amendments in order to avoid accumulation of people and the spread of the coronavirus, Hovhannes Igityan said the situation can change at any moment and all possible scenarios were considered during the meeting on Sunday.
On Sunday, Armenia confirmed the first case of coronavirus. The patient is a 29-year-old citizen of Armenia who traveled from Tehran to Armenia on February 28. Thirty-one people who have interacted with the infected persons have been isolated at Golden Palace Hotel in Tsaghkadzor. On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Armenia asked people not to leave Tsaghkadzor and panic and informed that there was information that people were leaving the city. The authorities failed to clarify why the infected citizens weren’t transferred to an infection hospital.