Arsen Torosyan Meets With Italian Ambassador
Armenia’s Health Minister Arsen Torosyan met with the Ambassador of Italy in Armenia Vincenzo Del Monaco and the leader of the Italian group of medics Mario Raviolo. A group of 11 Italian medics arrived in Armenia on June 27, to assist their Armenian colleagues in the fight against the coronavirus. The group also brought necessary medical equipment needed for their work. The Minister expressed his gratitude to the doctors and noted that many countries are challenged with the COVID-19 pandemic and that combined efforts are crucial in the fight against the virus. Torosyan spoke about the daily number of confirmed cases in Armenia and expressed hope that the experience and knowledge acquired during this international cooperation will help Armenia to better overcome the pandemic. Vincenzo Del Monaco also expressed his gratitude to the Armenian side for its hospitality.
Lithuania’s First Lady Sends Gifts to Armenian Children Infected With COVID-19
Anna Hakobyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s wife and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of My Step and City of Smile Charitable foundations, had a meeting with the Ambassador of Lithuania in Armenia Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė. The Ambassador conveyed the greetings of Lithuania’s First Lady Diana Nausėdienė and handed over her presents for children who had been infected with COVID-19.
The presents included hand-made Lithuanian toys, made by people with disabilities, and chocolate. The Ambassador emphasized that the gifts symbolize the friendship between the two first ladies and are a sign of solidarity with Armenians. Anna Hakobyan expressed gratitude for the assistance and for the group of medics that was sent to Armenia to assist the country’s efforts against the pandemic. She also thanked the First Lady Diana Nausėdienė for her warmth and gifts for children. During the meeting, Hakobyan also spoke about the recent tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border and noted that it is important for countries to follow the calls for a global ceasefire at a time of a pandemic.
Cooperation Between the Health Ministries of Armenia and Iran
Anahit Avanesyan, the First Deputy Minister of Health had an online discussion with her Iranian counterpart Asadi-Lari and a group of medical professionals from both countries.
The sides provided updates about the coronavirus situation in both countries, shared some of their experience and knowledge about treatment methods of COVID-19 patients, oversight of the epidemiological situation, and activities carried out with the population. The Deputy Minister agreed to continue the cooperation in the fight against the pandemic and consultations between the health ministries and medical professionals. During the meeting, the possibilities for expanding cooperation with Pasteur Institute of Iran (one of the oldest leading research and public health centers in Iran and the Middle East) was also discussed.
New Voting Procedure Proposed
Today, the National Assembly, in a first reading, adopted a bill which proposes to introduce a new voting procedure for MPs who are temporarily unable to work because of health issues. Vahagn Hovakimyan, an MP from the My Step faction said that the bill was necessary because several Members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The bill proposes a written voting procedure which is currently practiced only when MPs are sent on official parliamentary business abroad. The bill was proposed by MPs Vladimir Vardanyan, Anna Karapetyan, Hayk Gevorgyan and Vladimir Hovakimyan of the My Step faction.
Update on Number of Cases
The Ministry of Health reported 515 new cases of COVID-19 and 619 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 33,005 of which 10,876 are active cases and 21,348 have already recovered. Eleven COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 53 and the oldest 90), who all, except for one, had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 592. Five patients with COVID-19 also died, but the virus was not the cause of death; 189 such cases have been reported. To date, 139,220 tests have been conducted, of which 2,418 were in the last 24 hours.
German Doctors are Already in Armenia
A group of German medics, sent by the German International Search and Rescue Center (ISRC) and German Caritas are already in Armenia. The group consists of 16 doctors, nurses and emergency experts, who will stay in Armenia for two weeks and support the country’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Situation in Artsakh
The Ministry of Health of Artsakh reported five new cases of COVID-19 and four recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 153, of which 29 are active cases and 124 have already recovered. To date, 3,079 tests have been conducted and 79 people are in isolation. Two of the patients are in critical condition. Another patient is in critical, but stable condition.
Update on Number of Cases
The Ministry of Health reported 339 new cases of COVID-19 and 864 recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 32,490 of which 10,996 are active cases and 20,729 have already recovered. Eight COVID-19 patients (the youngest aged 50 and the oldest 88), who all, except for one, had pre-existing health conditions, died bringing the total number of deaths to 581. One patient with COVID-19 also died, but the virus was not the cause of death; 184 such cases have been reported. To date, 136,802 tests have been conducted, of which 1,115 were in the last 24 hours.
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