A team of German healthcare workers arrived in Armenia on Monday to help their Armenian colleagues deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
They were flown to Yerevan by a German Air Force plane that also delivered medical supplies to the country hit hard by the pandemic.
The 16 medics were greeted at Zvartnots international airport by Armenia’s deputy ministers of health and foreign affairs as well as the German and European Union ambassadors in Yerevan.
“The German experts will be working alongside their Armenian colleagues for two weeks,” tweeted the German Embassy. “We stand at Armenia’s side!”
According to an Armenian government statement, Germany’s government has organized the mission in collaboration with two European charities and the World Health Organization. The mission is part of a broader EU scheme designed to help partner countries contain the spread of the virus.
Similar medical teams have also been sent to Armenia by France, Russia, Lithuania and Italy over the past month. They were deployed to local hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.
The EU Delegation in Yerevan announced that the German government will also provide coronavirus-related financial aid to Armenia. “Germany will be allocating 2.75 million euros ($3.1 million) for a project addressing COVID-19 in Armenia through research cooperation in order to establish medium to long-term systemic, integrated risk management,” the delegation said in a statement.
The Armenian government has recorded 32,151 coronavirus cases and 573 deaths caused by them so far. The continuing spread of the virus led the government on Monday to extend a state of emergency in the country by another month, until August 12.
Health Minister Arsen Torosian spoke of a “slight positive dynamic” in the coronavirus crisis, saying that in recent days there have been fewer infected people awaiting hospitalization at home. But he cautioned that virtually intensive care hospital beds remain occupied by COVID-19 patients.