The Azerbaijani government announced on Thursday, June 18, that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures will be reintroduced and extended through August 1, following a rise in COVID-19 cases. According to local media sources, the government announced on Thursday that in one day Azerbaijan recorded 338 new cases of COVID-19, including six deaths. The government had previously extended some lockdown measures through July 1.
Reportedly, people in major cities, including the capital Baku, will be allowed to leave their homes only with special permission from authorities between Sunday, June 21, and July 5. Furthermore, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and cafes, beauty salons and museums in those cities will be closed again after having reopened on May 31.
The Azerbaijani authorities have extended the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in to and out of Azerbaijan until July 1 at the earliest.
As of Friday, June 19, there have been 11,239 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in Azerbaijan, with 139 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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