"Georgia Perceived the Coronavirus Challenge Very Seriously"- Armenian Journalist
01 April, 2020
"Georgia Perceived the Coronavirus Challenge Very Seriously"- Armenian Journalist
About 600 people are infected with coronavirus in Armenia, of whom 3 have died. The first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 1 in Georgia's neighboring country. Similar to Georgia, the state of emergency is declared in Armenia at this point.

The reporter of the internet television 1in.am Elen Hokhikian observes the situation in her country from Los Angeles.

"At this point I am in the US. Shortly before the state of emergency was announced, I visited my family in
America. All the flights were cancelled after one week and so I got stuck here. I work as a tv presenter and a reporter so I use this time to cover the situation in Los Angeles, where many Armenians live. This is very interesting for our compatriots who live in Armenia, as most of us in America have family, friends or just acquaintances. It is also interesting how the governments and officials of these two countries are trying to deal with the situation, how they are taking steps to combat the coronavirus and whether their measures are effective."

As for the situation in Armenia, she said that for the last week the country has been in quarantine.

"The government requires not to leave the house in case of emergency. Although in my neighborhood it is allowed to go out and exercise. The people who work are also allowed to leave the house. Of course, people do not like the recent restrictions made, but everyone knows that this is one of the ways to combat the COVID-19.

Armenian officials say that we are approaching the limit, after which the government may no longer be able to isolate people in quarantine. They are discussing this issue publicaly and in case this happens, the new strategy needs to be implemented. The infected people will be required to stay at home and undergo the treatment there.

One way or another, there are some positive dynamics as well. 30 people have already recovered and left the hospital."

When being asked about how she perceives the situation in Georgia, Hokhikian said that Georgia is one of the countries which perceived this challenge very seriously.
"Even though Georgia reported the first coronavirus case one week before Armenia, the number of infected is much less in Georgia and there have been no death cases reported. This is because of the serious measures taken in order to prevent the virus from spreading."

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