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Covid-19 Brings Fresh Peril for Azerbaijan

IWPR.net
31 Mar 2020, 16:32 GMT+10

Analysts have warned that Azerbaijan's reliance on both oil and a "shadow economy" of unregistered workers means it faces a serious economic crisis as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although Azerbaijan has not gone so far as to declare a state of emergency, it has enforced a quarantine regime similar to that in other countries.

Educational institutions and workplaces have been shuttered, with restaurants and recreational spaces also closed. Land borders with its neighbouring states have been shut down.

Those aged over 65 are banned from leaving their houses, but this has been particularly difficult for those who are still working.

Abbasali Mammadov, a 67-year-old from Ganja, said that he supported a large family through his job as a taxi driver.

Covid-19 Brings Fresh Peril for Azerbaijan By Gulnur Kazimova, IWPR

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