YEREVAN — Armenia’s National Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of positive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in Armenia over the past 24 hours has increased by 62, totaling 1,401.

According to the report posted on the Center’s official website on April 21, over the past day two more deaths due to COVID-19 complication were also registered. A total of 24 patients have died in Armenia due to COVID-19.

The number of patients recovered from the virus has increased by 29 and now stands at 609.

The number of patients undergoing treatment for COVID-19 currently stands at 768 in Armenia, and 13,929 of the tests performed for coronavirus yielded a negative result.

Health Minister Arsen Torosyan called for additional efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus in Armenia on Tuesday. “We all must make additional efforts to lower the pace of the spread [of the disease] and have no right to relax and lose our vigilance.” The minister said.

“Especially worrying are recent days’ cases [of infection] among healthcare workers at medical centers in Yerevan and regions,” he added. “The use of personal protective equipment is far more important for healthcare workers than for other citizens.”

Hasmik Ghazinian, a senior doctor at Yerevan’s Nork hospital treating only COVID-19 patients, complained that many Armenians are not following social distancing rules or wearing masks or gloves when leaving their homes. She warned of a surge in infections in the days ahead.

“Our doctors, medical personnel are acting heroically on the frontline [of the fight against coronavirus,] … but the rear (other citizens) does not seem to be safeguarding the achievements of the frontline workers,” Ghazinian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service.

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