YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia has decided to lift the state of emergency caused by the pandemic, but left a number of restrictions until January 2021, the government said.
The former Soviet republic declared a state of emergency in mid-March and has since extended it several times amid rising coronavirus infections. The daily increase in cases began to decline only in the last month.
The authorities decided to resume school and higher education from September 15, provided that students wear protective masks.
International flights will resume in mid-September, and visitors are not required to undergo quarantine if they test negative for coronavirus.
In mid-May, public transport resumed, shops, shopping centers, cafes and restaurants were opened, and later – museums and libraries.
The authorities decided to resume the work of some sectors of the economy, fearing a worsening economic crisis and hoping to improve the social situation of citizens affected by the consequences of the pandemic.
The number of infected people rose in Armenia on Wednesday to 45.503, which is the highest in the South Caucasus region. The number of deaths reached 909. In August, the number of new infections fell to 200 per day from 400-500 a month earlier.
In neighboring Georgia, the number of infections rose in the last week and reached 87 per day on Friday, the highest figure for the entire period of the pandemic.
This forced the authorities on Friday to decide to start the educational process on September 15 remotely, and not in the classrooms, as previously planned.
At the same time, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said that changing the date of the next parliamentary elections scheduled for October 31 is not discussed.
As of Friday, 1,917 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in Georgia, 19 people died.
(Nvard Hovhannisyan, Margarita Antidze. Text by Margarita Antidze. Editor Maxim Rodionov)