Azerbaijan reports 2,239 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours

TASS Russian News Agency | Nov 18, 2020 at 12:47 PM

BAKU, November 18. /TASS/. Azerbaijan has confirmed 2,239 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the government's crisis center said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the total number of recorded cases surpassed 81,397.

According to official statistics, 1,217 patients have recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. A total of 58,111 people were discharged from hospitals. A total of 22,256 patients continue undergoing treatment in hospitals. Azerbaijan's coronavirus-related death toll climbed to 1,030. Of those, 25 deaths were registered in the past 24 hours.

The country carried out about 1.55 million tests for coronavirus, with over 13,000 done in the past 24 hours.

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Azerbaijan on February 28, with the peak reached at the beginning of the summer. Since late June, more than 500 new cases had been registered daily for three weeks, but they started gradually declining afterwards. Since October 9, the country has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

In recent days, Azerbaijan has seen a huge uptick of cases outnumbering the summer's record high ones. On October 19, the country imposed a range of restrictions. Thus, Baku's subway suspended services, educational institutions shut down and at least 70% of public officials were switched to remote work.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.