2020 March 14

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Mar/14/2020 -- Daily News Summary -- Levon Aronyan's wife had car crash -- Latest COVID news -- High ranking Nature official investigated -- Other major stories on Post-Revolution Changes, Anti-Corruption, Economy, Politics, Diaspora, Daily Life, and more...
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise.


Levon Aronyan's wife

Shamshyan outlet reports that Armenian chess grandmaster Levon Aronyan's wife struck the "Yereqnuk" tunnel column while driving at night. The rescuers needed 1 hour to get her out of the car. She is in critical condition. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

https://shamshyan.com/hy/article/2020/03/15/1149829/

high ranking Nature Ministry inspector / Abuse of power

The Chief Nature Inspector (Chief) fired the head of the Biodiversity division (Biochief) on Feb-28. The same day, prosecutors launched a felony investigation for abuse of power and covering up info.

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Plot Twist

In 2019 the Biochief got promoted to manage Dilijan Park audits. An audit revealed 257 illegally cut trees. The Biochief gave the audit results to the Chief, so the latter could contact the police.

In 2020 the Biochief found out that the Chief hadn't contacted the police about the logged trees. He got worried about Chief's possible shennaningans and sent a letter to prosecutors.

Besides this incident, Biochief told prosecutors that the Chief was supposed to audit something else in 2019 as part of a felony case, but he allegedly didn't. "I offered him to audit it, but he delayed it without a reason."

The prosecutors escalated the complaint against Chief to the corruption division, which launched a felony investigation against the Chief. On the same day, the Chief fired the Biochief, possibly as workplace retaliation.

The Biochief is currently suing to have his job back while the Chief is going through a felony investigation.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/114385

update: Vanadzor's 5 suspects don't have COVID

Yesterday we learned that an Italian businessman attended a fabric factory in Vanadzor and later fell ill. Medics quarantined some workers. 5 people in Vanadzor were quarantined. They all tested negative. The Italian businessman is also healthy.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/114410

Italian Renko quarantined in Yerevan

Renco Italian business firm's Italian employees have been quarantined in a building belonging to Renco in Yerevan Center. Someone is delivering food and supplies for them.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/114426

COVID fake news

On Saturday, Azeri social media users spread fake news about 27 soldiers and 11 citizens being quarantined with COVID symptoms in Stepanakert, Artsakh.

Fake was recirculated about an Abovyan resident testing positive on mid-Saturday.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182974

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183012

Pashinyan and wife take COVID test

On Friday night PM said they had contact with foreign officials who were suspected of having COVID. PM and [Anna Hakobyan|1st lady]] took tests on Saturday. They came negative.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182965

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183002

15th COVID case

Healthcare Ministry did 38 more tests out of which 2 came positive. Both were attendees of the infamous Ejmiatsin wedding which was attended by patient-zero who traveled from Italy on February 29th.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182975

Ejmiatsin mayor advises to stay in city / Streets sanitized

On Saturday, Ejmiatsin mayor recommended residents not to travel unless strongly necessary, and to use a private car instead of public transport.

Cars were removed from big streets to allow street cleaning trucks to sweep the ground with liquid.

Sweeps: https://youtu.be/MOzlGmD6uMQ

https://hetq.am/hy/article/114428

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182979

Ejmiatsin youth preparing masks

People at Ejmiatsin are volunteering to saw basic face masks to give away to the public for free.

https://youtu.be/jQrHG1KaC04

wedding halls refuse to cancel events

IND MP Babajanyan said: Some wedding organizers asked wedding hall owners to suspend their scheduled weddings, but some owners refused, claiming the contract was already signed. The govt should intervene to allow people to suspend events without penalty.

https://factor.am/229836.html

opposition party urges a State of Emergency

The Heritage Party (Jarangutyun) is urging the govt to declare a State of Emergency to have more abilities to fight COVID.

https://a1plus.am/hy/article/362160

Zoo, theaters, Matenadaran, museums close

On Saturday, the Education Ministry closed museums and theaters under its control for 10 days. Earlier they closed the schools.

Yerevan Zoo and Matenadaran will close for 10 days.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182982

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183001

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183005

block COVID Armenian style

Yerevan's Vernisaj open-air market sells face masks with Armenian traditional carpet styles.

PICS: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182983

Metro and Buses being sanitized

Every time a Yerevan Metro train reaches the parking area, it gets disinfected. This time it's going to be done "properly" under the guidance of the Healthcare Ministry.

Yerevan's buses are also being sprayed by dudez in hazmat suitz.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182987

PIC: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183013

advisory to postpone all meetings / 200 quarantined

Healthcare Ministry advises everyone to suspend all non-urgent gatherings. "Take advantage of this. Stay home and spend time with your fam (it rhymes so good). If you do leave the house, keep a 1-2 meter distance from others. Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing."

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As of mid-Saturday, there were 200 quarantined people in Armenia. Almost all attendees of the չարաբասիկ Ejmiatsin wedding have been identified. "They're already isolated."

So far 15 cases. "It's bad that we had 2 more cases in Ejmiatsin, but it's great that the vast majority who had contact with the patient-zero have tested negative," said Minister Torosyan.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182989

military vs COVID

The Defense Ministry made unannounced visits to Army units to check if anti-COVID procedures are being carried out properly.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/182993

Patient recovers / 18th COVID case

PM informed that 3 more people were tested positive as of early Saturday evening. They were all from Ejmiatsin. The good news is they were all quarantined earlier.

The patient who was diagnosed on March 1st has tested negative (recovered). "Special thanks to this patient. They properly isolated themselves upon arrival from Iran and immediately called medics when high temp was developed," said PM.

13 out of 18 cases are from Ejmiatsin. "We believe we have succeeded in quarantining the suspect's circle, but we aren't 100% sure. We got info that Ejmiatsin's general population has listened to advice and self-isolated. This is great. I hope we'll go through COVID better than H1N1 that happened years ago."

"I get briefed by Ministries every 30 minutes. Nothing will be hidden from the public. The fact that there is no panic in Armenia means you trust us, thanks for that," said PM.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183002

law that punishes the irresponsible

Yesterday Pashinyan said he spoke with Justice Ministry to draft a bill to punish people who, during an epidemic, irresponsibly ignore orders/symptoms and infect others.

Looks like there already is a similar law N277 that punishes between a 200k fine and a 5-year prison.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/278991/

Central Bank asks banks to go easy on businesses

PM says that last week the Central Bank asked commercial banks to give a loan vacation to the tourism and leisure industry businesses for being hit hard by COVID.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183002

risky European visitors will be auto-quarantined

A few jets are yet to fly from Europe to Armenia, carrying citizens. "They will all be isolated and monitored, or quarantined," says Pashinyan.

Sunday's visitors from Italy will be isolated before the flight and quarantined for 14 days upon landing in Armenia.

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"It's a good opportunity for men to stop the habit of kissing each other while greeting," said Pasha on Saturday.

George Soros has left the server and suspended funding for Nikol Pashinyan.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183002

https://factor.am/229725.html

20 COVID cases

As of late-Saturday, 14 more Ejmiatsin wedding attendees were tested. 2 came positive, bringing total to 20. They were already quarantined.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/183011

will COVID disappear when the weather gets hot?

CDC: We don't know yet because it's a new virus.

https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1238500271820607489?s=19

will I infect others if I stay home and self-treat COVID?

CDC: Most cases are mild and mimic common flu, but COVID19 is a new virus and we don't know for how long you remain infectious after you self-treat yourself.

https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1238499033024548864?s=19

COVID incubation period

CDC: It's 2-14 days. If no symptoms arise 14 days after the person gets exposed to it, that means they aren't infectious. (this might be why the Armenian govt waited between March 1-13 to test the quarantined people at Golden Palace hotel)

https://twitter.com/CDCgov/status/1238497404627955713?s=19


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