Italy on Thursday banned entry to people coming from 13 countries, including Armenia, that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections, Reuters reported.
The list compiled by the health ministry comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic.
The ban affects anyone who has stayed in or travelled through these countries in the last 14 days, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement.
“Around the world the pandemic is in its most acute phase. We cannot waste the sacrifices the Italians have made in recent months,” Speranza said.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Armenia has risen by 557 to 30,903 on Friday. So far, 18,709 people have recovered, while 546 others have died from the infection in the country. 177 patients with COVID-19 have reportedly died from other causes.