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24 Apr 2020 | 01:25 AM UTC

Armenia: Authorities ease restrictions on interprovincial travel April 23 /update 9

Armenia News Alert

Armenian authorities ease restrictions on movement between provinces and lift restrictions on certain economic activities April 23; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Yerevan). COUNTRY/REGION Armenia

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Event

Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan announced on Thursday, April 23, the easing of restrictions on travel between provinces and the lifting of measures restricting many business activities, which had been in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Checkpoints on border provinces will be removed, although restrictions on non-essential movement and public transport will remain in place. Under certain health and social distancing conditions, some retail and manufacturing sectors will be allowed to resume operations.

On Monday, April 13, Avinyan announced an extension of the state of emergency until Thursday, May 14, which has been in place since Monday, March 16, due to COVID-19. The country's borders with Iran and Georgia remain closed, while all educational institutions are also suspended. Foreigners from countries heavily impacted by the virus will not be allowed entry to the country. Additionally, all gatherings of more than 20 people are banned.

Citizens leaving their homes need to complete and carry a standardized form about their movement and bring along a passport or ID card. Restaurants and cafes are closed and the government has encouraged the public to use online services wherever possible. In addition, all shops, pharmacies, and banks only serve senior citizens above 65-years-old from 10:00 to 12:00 (local time).

As of Friday, April 24, there have been 1523 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Armenia, including 24 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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