Health Minister Arsen Torosyan responding to reporters questions

YEREVAN — The Armenian Ministry of Health said today that 662 more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases registered in the country of about 3 million thus rose to 27,320.

The ministry also reported 10 more deaths caused by COVID-19, bringing Armenia’s official death toll to 469. According to it, 156 other people infected with the virus have died primarily because of other, pre-existing diseases.

According to the data of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 448 patients have recovered, bringing the total to 15,484.

The official figures show that Armenia has one of the highest infection rates in the world. In terms of the number of cases per million people, it is well ahead of countries like Britain, Italy and France that have been hit very hard by the pandemic. At the same time, the South Caucasus state still has a much lower COVID-19 mortality rate.

According to Health Minister Arsen Torosyan Armenian government has done a good job tackling the coronavirus pandemic and is not solely responsible for the large number of infections.

“My political evaluation is that considering its resources and situation, Armenia has dealt with this global challenge quite well,” Torosian told reporters.

“All coronavirus patients in Armenia receive adequate medical care, which has not been the case in many more developed countries,” he said. “In that sense, the government efforts are more than appropriate and sensible.

“As for the [infection] numbers — which unfortunately do not decline but are registered in gatherings like this, rather than in medical institutions — they depend not only on the government’s steps but also on the behavior of all of us.”

“I can also say that we don’t have an explosive situation,” Torosyan went on. “According to all projections, we should have had more than 30,000 cases by now but actually have only 27,000 cases. So we are managing to contain the spread [of the disease] to a certain extent and seem to have flattened the curve since mid-June.”

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