Fourteen people in Armenia have recovered from coronavirus and dozens of others have been released from quarantine, Health Minister Arsen Torosian announced late on Tuesday.
In a Facebook post, Torosian said 12 of the patients never showed any coronavirus symptoms and did not require hospitalization while the two others were cured at Yerevan’s Nork hospital specializing in treatment of infectious diseases.
“Another two citizens treated at the Nork hospital have tested negative for the virus, and if they test negative again tomorrow they too will be discharged,” he wrote shortly after the number of registered coronavirus cases in Armenia rose by 14 to 249.
Torosian added that as of Tuesday evening a total of 88 Armenians were released from confinement after their coronavirus tests came back negative. He said 37 of them were isolated at home while the others were quarantined for 14 days in state-owned hotels and other facilities.
The first group of quarantined Armenians was released last week. They came into contact with an infected man who returned to Armenia from neighboring Iran at the end of February.
Shortly before Torosian’s update, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian reported that 868 people remain in quarantine and more than 2,400 others in home isolation. Pashinian released these figures as he announced stringent restrictions on people’s movement imposed by his government.
Pashinian revealed that a 77-year-old Armenian infected with the COVID-19 virus is in an “extremely grave” condition. Doctors regard as “grave” the condition of four other coronavirus patients, he said.
Armenian health authorities reported no coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday night.
Most of the infected Armenians are treated at the Nork hospital, which is now being expanded amid a continuing increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Torosian wrote earlier in the day that the authorities will soon bring online around 670 new hospital beds at Nork and three other hospitals to deal with the unprecedented pandemic.
The minister also said that the hospitals now have 41 lung ventilators and that the authorities are scrambling to acquire more such devices.