Armenian PM tests positive for coronavirus

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (R) and his family have tested positive for coronavirus.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (R) and his family have tested positive for coronavirus.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has tested positive for coronavirus.

Speaking on Monday during a Facebook live video, Pashinyan said: "I didn't have any symptoms. I decided to take a test as I was planning to visit the frontline", adding his whole family was infected.

He has led this former Soviet republic in the southern Caucasus Mountains for two years since a series of mass protests against the previous government had swept him to power.

Pashinyan said he was asymptomatic and would self-isolate in an effort to prevent spreading the disease.

"I will be working from home, from the prime minister's residence," Pashinyan said in the video address.

Armenia, a relatively small republic of about three million people bordering Turkey and Iran, has reported more than 9400 cases of coronavirus, with 139 deaths.

Australian Associated Press