On 2 April, two days after the Government of Azerbaijan declared nationwide quarantine, it was reported that in order for the people in Azerbaijan to leave the place of residence for vital services such as urgent medical need, to purchase food and other goods or medicines they must obtain permission through SMS from the respective authorities. The effects of this safety measure started to show on the country’s COVID-19 curve a week later as the number of new infections started to decline while the number of recoveries increased significantly past 8 April, which was the day Azerbaijan reported 105 new cases, the highest number of cases to be recorded in one day since the pandemic reached the
COVID-19 reached Azerbaijan on 28 February 2020 when three people returning from Iran—the region’s then epicentre—tested positive. As of 21 April, the country had 1,480 confirmed cases. About 60% of the cases (865) recovered and 20 patients passed away, leaving 595 people in treatment on the same day. In addition to its efforts to contain the pandemic at home, Azerbaijan showed solidarity to neighbouring Turkey, which has been badly hit by the novel coronavirus. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter: "As part of the mutual fight against COVID-19, Turkish and Azerbaijani flags are flying together on Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, one of Baku's symbols."