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Armenian Church Calls For Coronavirus Precautions


A woman wears a medical mask during a church service in Yerevan, March 1, 2020.

The Armenian Apostolic Church on Friday called on all followers and other citizens of Armenia to abide by protective measures recommended by the authorities to contain the spread of the new coronavirus infection that has already affected eight people in the South Caucasus country.

In a statement disseminated by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, bishops of the church headed by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II said: “We urge all to exercise the utmost vigilance and responsibility, to comply with the requirements and instructions of the specialized agencies in a consistent and serious manner and to carry out all preventive measures.”

The clergy said the Church will continue to carry out its mission of providing “spiritual care to its faithful children, encouraging them to remain strong in their faith, to face difficulties and tribulations with faith in God and prayers.”

Two new cases of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19 were confirmed in Armenia on Friday, raising the total number of infected people to eight. Dozens of people are either quarantined or self-quarantined in Armenia at present after having suspected contacts with the infected persons, four of whom had come from coronavirus-hit Italy and Iran.

Earlier today the Armenian government decided to close all schools, universities and kindergartens until at least March 23. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian also called on citizens, especially those exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms, to refrain from participating in mass events.

Armenia’s soccer federation announced later on Friday that all tournaments held under its umbrella will be suspended until March 23.

Meanwhile, to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus infection through cash, the Central Bank of Armenia urged citizens to use more non-cash methods of payments and online banking services.

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