Citizens of Baku to remain stuck at home? No info on future as last day of strict quarantine approaches
Since June 21, people have been allowed to go outside for three hours a day after receiving SMS permission from the authorities, and all stores are closed, excluding grocery stores and pharmacies.
Public transport is not running on Saturdays or Sundays.
The authorities’ most recent decision states that the quarantine will end at 6 am on August 5. However, no statement has been released about lifting the quarantine, and there is a growing fear that it may be extended.
Within the past three weeks, there were several times when the quarantine was scheduled to be lifted, but was instead extended. But the authorities had issued a statement informing citizens ahead of time.
Azerbaijan continues to celebrate Eid al-Adha, and August 4 is the first working day after the holiday.
MP of the Milli Mejlis Musa Guliyev reported some positive news:
“The roads between cities and regions will reopen, the metro will start running again, and people will be able to leave the house without SMS permission. But at the same time, we musts not forget that the epidemic is still going on and we must adhere to safety measures.”
However, people on social networks have more to say about the pessimistic forecast of the chief infectious disease specialist Jalal Isaev.
He said that the authorities may extend the strict quarantine for several more weeks in order to bring the number of new cases a day down into the double digits.
Over the past 24 hours, 286 new cases have been reported in Azerbaijan, bringing the total since the beginning of the epidemic to 32,443 cases. Eight more people have died, bringing the total in Azerbaijan to 462. 27,113 people have recovered.