Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian tests positive for coronavirus

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced Monday he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.

Speaking during a Facebook live video he said “I didn’t have any symptoms. I decided to take a test as I was planning to visit the frontline,” said Pashinian, adding that his whole family was infected.

Pashinian suggested that he most likely contracted the coronavirus from a waiter during a meeting.

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“I noticed that he worked without gloves. I made a remark, but I think they worked without gloves before. The waiter also confirmed the coronavirus,” the Armenian prime minister said

Armenia, with a population of 3 million, had registered 9,402 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday and 139 deaths.

Pashinyan said he would continue working from home.

The Johns Hopkins University, as of early Monday, reports Armenia has close to 9,500 confirmed cases of the virus and 139 deaths among its population of almost three million people.

Armenian authorities declared a state of emergency in mid-March. Pashinian’s announcement came nearly one month after Armenia on May 4 lifted a state of emergency imposed in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The prime minister acknowledged his government had failed to enforce anti-virus measures and there had been widespread quarantine violations.

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