Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia

March 19, 2020

Location:  Armenia

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 200,000 reported cases worldwide.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements as soon as possible while flights are still available. Transportation options from Armenia by air and land are diminishing rapidly and may be unavailable very soon.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

On March 19, 2020, the Armenian Ministry of Health announced 115 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The government of Armenia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. On March 16, 2020, Armenia declared a state of emergency, allowing the government to take steps to minimize risk of infection during the outbreak of COVID-19. Actions include closure of schools and universities, prohibition of events with more than 20 persons in attendance, restrictions on movement within the country, screening and quarantine measures, and restriction of entry into Armenia. See the government’s official online information center on COVID-19.

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