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No one is talking about the second wave of coronavirus infection in Azerbaijan

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After the recent fall in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Azerbaijan, the number rose again sharply and has remained high for almost a week. But, judging by media and social networks, neither officials nor the public are particularly concerned. The country is gradually emerging from the quarantine.

A second wave is coming, but everything is under control

Official statistics from May 12 report that there are 104 new cases of coronavirus and one more death. The total number of cases is now at 2693, 33 of which have died, and 1735 have recovered.

Recently, the daily number of recoveries has been significantly exceeded the number of new cases. Experts said that the peak of infection was already over, and the media boasted about how quickly and deftly Azerbaijan defeated the coronavirus, publishing numerous “thank you letters” to President Ilham Aliyev from the country’s citizens.

Now the picture is changing, the daily infection rate is almost double the rate of recovery, and all signs suggest that the second wave of infection has either begun or is about to begin.

But the authorities and journalists are still full of pride and optimism, and for some reason, they still continue to publish their letters of gratitude.

It seems that the citizens became tired of the statistics and quarantine, and simply gave up on following safety measures. In fact, this is the reason the authorities give for the second wave of infection.

Key points voiced by the cabinet and the president:

  1. The second wave of infection is inevitable as we lift the quarantine, but we are ready for it;
  2. Overall, the country’s inhabitants are careless and irresponsible, they do not wear masks, they do not social distance, and this is why they become infected;
  3. Nothing terrible is happening, everything is under control, and Azerbaijan is coping with the virus very well – better than many other countries.

You can go shopping and to the hair salon, but only with SMS permission

Officially, the quarantine regime in Azerbaijan is in effect until May 31. But it has already become much milder than before: all the stores (except for shopping centers), beauty salons and photo studios have reopened, and in most regions, even cafes and restaurants have been opened and the restrictions on the movement of citizens have been lifted.

In Baku, public transport began running again, the subway started working again on May 9, and buses have continued to run throughout the quarantine.

At the same time, parks, squares and public recreation areas in the capital are still closed, and in order to leave the house, people must have a certificate of employment or get permission via SMS from the authorities.

The permission slip is issued for three hours a day, but this is enough to fill the streets with people, the buses overflowing like in the good old pre-quarantine rush hours.

Unemployed, rich, dead – everyone gets $112

So far, the greatest uproar has been caused by the one-time compensation payment given to those who were left without work due to the quarantine. The allowance of 190 manat [approximately $112] per month was handed out to 600,000 people (although the true number of unemployed is much greater).

This sum is being given for two months: in April and May. And since the very first day this was announced, the disputes, indignation and resentment surrounding this aid package have not ceased.

Every now and then, social media posts claim that among those who received this money are very wealthy people who simply did not have any officially work.

Moreover, some of those receiving aid are actually dead (this was discovered by examining the list of people who received money, which is available online).

There were also several cases of fraud involving the social benefits. And in order to get a card to have the money transfered, large crowds of people once again gather around the banks, without any social distancing or masks.

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Oil prices regain growth on general optimism

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According to trading data, world oil prices returned to growth on Thursday evening on general optimism after a correctional decline in the afternoon.

Report informs, citing Prime, that the price of June futures for North Sea Brent crude rose by 0.23%, to $66.73, and May futures on WTI gained 0.13%, reaching $63.23 per barrel.

The day before, oil prices rose within 5%, which led to a correctional decline in quotations earlier on Thursday.

Traders' optimism is still associated with the assessment of the balance of supply and demand for oil in the market. On Wednesday, the US Department of Energy announced a decline in the country's oil reserves at the fastest pace since February, to 492.4 million barrels, and the International Energy Agency (EIA) upgraded its forecast for global crude demand in 2021.

Energy Aspects analysts, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, say global oil demand is "recovering, albeit unevenly."

Moreover, robust statistics from the US, indicating economic growth, support the positive sentiment in the market. US retail sales rose 9.8% in March compared to February, a record since May 2020.

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EU Foreign Ministers to discuss Georgia

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Foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) countries will hold an unofficial video conference on April 19, Report's Georgian bureau informs, citing the EU Council.

The online event will also include discussions on the latest events in Georgia.

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Joseph Borrell will brief the Foreign Ministers on current issues, recent processes, and planned measures. In addition to Georgia, the meeting will be devoted to India, Myanmar, Mozambique, and negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

The ministers will also hold talks with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba through video conferencing.

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Foreign Ministry: Armenia again confuses history with mythology

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"The approach demonstrated by the Armenian Foreign Ministry is not surprising because these baseless allegations are traditionally voiced by official Yerevan. Unfortunately, the Armenian side, as always, is busy distorting what it hears," Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Leyla Abdullayeva said answering questions about the comment from a representative of the Armenian Foreign Ministry regarding the Azerbaijani President's statements.

Report informs that, according to her, Armenia, which has territorial claims against Azerbaijan, is trying to look for such points in the views voiced by Azerbaijani officials:

"As it is known, Armenia has pursued a policy of aggression against Azerbaijan for many years, in violation of the principles of international law, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of international borders. On the contrary, Azerbaijan supports the normalization of bilateral relations based on the principles of international law. Armenia, which is trying to portray history as its strong side, still confuses history with mythology. That is why the Armenian people have been held hostage to these lies and myths for years. The sooner official Yerevan realizes this fact, the sooner the Armenian people will be able to benefit from lasting peace and security. "

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