Armenian authorities have put temporary restrictions on the export of a number of medical items and equipment needed for doctors and the general public to fight the further spread of the novel coronavirus in the South Caucasus country.
Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinian, who coordinates anti-epidemic efforts of the Armenian government under the 30-day state-of-emergency rule, has published a list of products subject to restrictions, including protective gear for medics, equipment for mechanical lung ventilation, COVID-19 test kits, respirators, medical masks, alcohol-based sanitizers and other items.
Earlier this week Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian visited a number of pharmacies to verify reports about the shortage of face masks and sanitizers in the country.
During a live broadcast on Facebook Pashinian, in particular, randomly walked into three pharmacies located in the center of Yerevan.Only one of them had medical masks on sale, while all three had no sanitizers in stock.
Armenia declared a state of emergency over the rising number of coronavirus cases that reached 136 on Friday morning. The country’s health authorities say one patient has recovered, while the condition of the rest is currently assessed as satisfactory.