The death of a 49-year-old patient hospitalized with pneumonia in Armenia on March 17 is not related to the novel coronavirus infection, according to health authorities.
Alina Nikoghosian, a spokeswoman for Armenia’s Ministry of Health, said on Wednesday that doctors struggled to save the life of the patient who had been transported to Yerevan’s hospital for infectious diseases with a diagnosis of “pulmonary edema, bilateral pneumonia and respiratory insufficiency”, conducting “all necessary cardiopulmonary resuscitation measures”, but did not manage to save the person’s life.
According to the official, initially doctors suspected that the patient might have developed pneumonia due to COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus infection.
Nikoghosian said that the sample taken from the person tested negative for the coronavirus.
According to authorities, 84 coronavirus cases have been identified in Armenia as of March 18 morning. One patient is said to have been recovered and discharged from hospital. No deaths from COVID-19 have been registered in Armenia yet. It is reported that only two of the current patients have developed pneumonia, but according to officials, both are having it in a mild form.
In a live broadcast on Facebook on Wednesday morning Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said that a majority of the patients do not even have fever or exhibit other coronavirus symptoms.
Earlier, the prime minister said that Armenia’s first coronavirus patient, a 29-year-old man evacuated from Iran, did not require even symptomatic treatment while in hospital.
To slow down and contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus the Armenian government declared a 30-day state of emergency on March 16.