Armenia’s government on Thursday has approved extending the coronavirus-related state of emergency until June 13.
The government explained that “the circumstances that led to the declaration of the state of emergency have not yet been eliminated”. The extension did not require a voting in the parliament because it was challenged by no parliamentary faction.
Armenia has registered 3,860 confirmed coronavirus cases and 49 deaths.
Deputy prime minister Tigran Avinian said that, despite the extension, preschools, shopping centers, and gyms will reopen and public transport will resume starting from May 18. Last week, the country lifted most of its lockdown measures amid an increase of Covid-19 cases.
Prime minister Nikol Pashinian said Thursday that a nationwide lockdown could be reimposed if the outbreak develops further and threatens to overwhelm the health-care system.