BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 15
Those who are spreading rumors about "closed shops" will be severely punished in Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to the statement made by the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.
The false messages are being disseminated in social networks and instant messengers that grocery stores will allegedly be closed in Baku to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"The working hours of grocery stores, markets and supermarkets will not change,” the statement said. “Currently, comprehensive measures are being taken to protect public healthcare and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The work of grocery stores is not restricted."
Azerbaijan remains one of the countries, least affected by the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The country's official structures are applying necessary measures to prevent any possible exposure of coronavirus. Azerbaijan has also imported necessary medical equipment to carry out coronavirus tests.
Azerbaijan's official structures have also set up quarantine centers in the country's districts, which would allow to react faster to the possible outbreak due to joint borders. Azerbaijan shares border with Iran, where coronavirus is currently spreading rapidly.