Azerbaijan extends special quarantine regime until April

Azerbaijan extends special quarantine regime until April

A special quarantine regime introduced in the country due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic was extended until April 1 in Azerbaijan, the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the republic informed today.

"The current sanitary and epidemiological situation in the world, including in Azerbaijan, associated with a new type of coronavirus has been analyzed. In order to prevent the spread of the virus and its possible consequences, it was decided to extend the period of the special quarantine regime in the country until 06:00 on April 1, 2021,” the message reads.

At the same time, the government, given the gradual decrease in the number of infected, decided to soften some of the restrictions introduced under the special quarantine regime from January 18. From 00:00 on January 18 in Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Mingachevir, Shirvan and Absheron region, and in the regional centres of Lankaran, Masalli, Jalilabad, Sheki, Zagatala, Guba, Khachmaz, Yevlakh, Barda, Bilamiliuvar the SMS authorisation for movement is abandoned.

From January 25, museums, exhibition halls and shopping facilities, hairdressers and beauty salons aside from large shopping centres and malls will open in Azerbaijan. Traffic between cities and regions of the republic will be restored. On February 1, local customer service will resume in catering facilities, restaurants, cafes, tea houses and other facilities from 06:00 to 00:00. The Baku Metro remains closed, and public transport will not work on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of the special quarantine regime.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic. According to the latest data, the number of people infected with coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 93 million, more than 2 million have died. To date, 226,549 cases of Covid-19 infection were registered in Azerbaijan. 213,773 people recovered, 2,983 died. The highest daily increase in the republic was recorded on December 13 - 4,451 cases.