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05 Jun 2020 | 11:39 PM UTC

Azerbaijan: Authorities impose weekend curfew June 5-8 /update 9

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Azerbaijani government imposes weekend curfew in large cities on June 5-8; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/5/2020, 11:00 PM until 7/6/2020, 10:59 PM (Asia/Baku). COUNTRY/REGION Azerbaijan

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The Azerbaijani government announced on Thursday, June 4, that a weekend curfew would be in place in major cities, including Baku, starting at midnight (local time) on Friday, June 5, and ending at 06:00 on Monday morning, June 8. Only those with special exemptions for essential work, medical purposes, funerals, or other necessary purposes will be able to leave their homes in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, and the Absheron Peninsula. The measures have been introduced following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases since lockdown measures were eased on May 18, with 325 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday, June 3. Officials have indicated that dependent on the rate of COVID-19 infection further weekend curfews could follow over the next month or two.

Although COVID-19 restrictions remain in place until June 15, a gradual easing of restrictions has been introduced in recent weeks. From May 18, residents have no longer needed an SMS permit service card of employment to leave their homes, parks and other recreation areas have reopened, and a limited opening of restaurants, cafes, tea houses, and other catering establishments was introduced. From May 31, shopping centers and cinemas were permitted to reopen, and restaurants and cafes were allowed to fully resume operations. The wearing of face masks and social distancing are still mandatory in public places and gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.

Commercial flights have been suspended until at least June 15, although flights to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic are due to resume on Monday, June 8.

As of June 5, there have been 6860 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in Azerbaijan, with 82 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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