A 90-year-old woman with COVID-19 infection died in Stepanakert hospital on July 26, though according to local officials the cause of death was not the corona virus infection. As of July 30, a total of 232 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Artsakh, of these 232, 162 have recovered from the infection with the remaining 70 currently infected, according to daily reporting by NKR’s Ministry of Health. Overall, 5,519 tests COVID-19 tests have been conducted, which corresponds to between 3 and 4 percent of Artsakh’s population.

Last April, the OSCE Minsk Group mediators urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to cooperate on dealing with the pandemic, but no cooperation was ever achieved. Earlier this month, after firing his foreign minister Elmar Mammedyarov, Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev criticized him for even discussing the possibility of Covid-19 cooperation with Armenia.

In the Republic of Armenia, meantime, both the number of infections and associated deaths continued to decline after reaching a peak at the end of June. To date, the pandemic has killed 728 people in Armenia. In all, of more than 38,000 people diagnosed with Covid-19, more than 28,000 have already recovered.