Armenian News - NEWS.am presents a daily digest of Armenia-related top news as of 08.07.2020:
- A total of 535 COVID-19 new cases were reported in Armenia on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 29,820.
The death toll in Armenia has reached 521.
The total number of tests conducted so far is 127,171.
Also, 11,708 people are currently being treated.
According to the latest data, 17,427 people have already recovered.
As Andranik Kocharyan, Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defense and Security noted, Armenian deputy defense minister Gabriel Balayan has tested positive for COVID-19.
And the mayor of Charentsavan, Armenia, Hakob Shahgaldyan, has been infected as well. He confirmed the info to Armenian News-NEWS.am.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has not ruled out a COVID-19 airborne transmission, BBC reported.
According to the WHO, there is emerging evidence that COVID-19 can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air and if the evidence is confirmed, it may affect recommendations for indoor spaces.
- The Greek parliament has ratified the Armenian-EU deal, the Armenian embassy in Greece reported.
The deal has been submitted to the parliament on June 24.
According to the embassy, the Communist Party of Greece voted against the ratification.
Armenia and the EU signed the deal in Brussels on November 24, 2017.
- The policy of the White House administration has not changed in the issue of the Meds Yeghern (Great Crime—meaning the Armenian Genocide), the White House told VOA.
According to the White House, the US president has reaffirmed that the Meds Yeghern was a historic crime and that the US stood with the Armenian people.
White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany’s reference to the Armenian Genocide monument in Denver, Colorado, has been actively discussed in the American press.
On Monday, McEnany used the term 'Armenian Genocide,' referring to the Armenian Genocide monument in Denver, which has been the target of vandalism.
- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Tuesday the Kalashnikov automatic-weapon factory that has opened in Armenia; The PM was accompanied by Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan and Minister of High Technological Industry Hakob Arshakyan. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kopirkin also took part in the tour.
The PM was informed that 50,000 Kalashnikov automatic weapons will be manufactured annually in the factory. Production of nanofibers as well as objects made of nanofibers is also planned there.