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Reasons for toughening quarantine measures

Reasons for toughening quarantine measures

Society
05 June 2020, 15:15 416
If citizens are not responsible...
 

The increase in the number of new coronavirus infections in recent days has caused serious concern. In this regard, the softening of the quarantine regime has been tightened again. Azerbaijani Prime Minister, Head of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers Ali Asadov appealed to the population in connection with a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection.
"To prevent the coronavirus infection that was spreading in the world and Azerbaijan since February, the Azerbaijani government has taken and is taking urgent and decisive measures from the very beginning,” Asadov said. 
"The main goal of all the steps which are being taken is to protect the health and lives of our citizens,” Asadov added. "The taken measures have yielded positive results and have been indicated in the statistical indicators. Proceeding from the recommendations of doctors and taking into account the statistical data, the Operational Headquarters has begun to gradually mitigate the rules of the quarantine regime since April 27.” 
"During the quarantine period, the main requirement of doctors and other officials is the compliance with sanitary-epidemiological and hygienic rules,” the prime minister said. "Most of the people, appreciating the conducted work, showed solidarity, and initially complied with these recommendations and requirements.”
 "But, unfortunately, I would like to stress that during the implementation of mitigating measures recently, most of our citizens did not comply with the established rules and recommendations on self-isolation,” Asadov said. "As a result, the number of infected people has risen sharply in recent days.” 
Proceeding from this fact and under the appeal of the medical headquarters, the Operational Headquarters has decided to tighten the quarantine regime in Azerbaijan’s Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran cities and Absheron region due to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection from 00:00 (GMT+4) on June 6 through 06:00 (GMT+4) on June 8.
"The Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers made a corresponding decision,” Asadov added. "The compliance with the requirements specified in the decision is mandatory. If the number of cases of infection in the country’s other cities increases, the quarantine regime will be also tightened there.”
"The Interior Ministry will monitor the process of the implementation of the decision,” Asadov said. "In conclusion, I would like to stress once again that the goal of all taken measures is to protect the health and life of citizens."
MP Musa Guliyev said that if the number of infections continues to increase, we may face very difficult medical and health problems. "Clinics may not have enough places, resuscitation equipment, especially artificial respiration devices. Some patients may be treated at home rather than in a hospital, and the heavy workload can harm doctors’ health and reduce their ability to work overtime. If we do not intensify the fight against coronavirus, the number of infections will be high. We must take into account that some people have chronic diseases, as well as the general condition of patients in the hot weather in summer, worsens. They have difficulty breathing, and high blood pressure and their heart function weaken. Therefore, taking into account all this, strengthening the quarantine regime is the right step. The tightening of the quarantine regime over the weekend is because people are free on weekends. They gather in certain shopping centers, shops, restaurants, and cafes when it is not necessary, which creates a wide base for the spread of coronavirus. Many countries around the world have already adopted this practice a month ago. Until now, there was no need to apply this practice in Azerbaijan. It now seems necessary to apply a strict quarantine regime over the weekend, and if necessary, a full quarantine regime in the future. I once again take this opportunity to call our citizens to joint responsibility. If the citizens do not have a sense of responsibility, the work done by the state will not yield the desired result,” the MP said.  
According to sociologist Lala Mehrali, the bans are necessary. "Perhaps citizens will not unequivocally welcome the restrictions that will be applied. But it is important to impose these restrictions. Because if everyone flocks to shopping malls and restaurants on Saturday and Sunday, and if these places become crowded, then an increase in the number of infections will be inevitable. This experience has been tested in neighboring Turkey. There a curfew was also imposed, and it was effective. Therefore, I think we need to test it,” she said.  
"Re-tightening the rules and imposing some restrictions will also affect people psychologically,” said psychologist Gulnar Orujova noting that at a time when the pandemic first began to spread, a strict quarantine regime was applied. "Activities were restricted in some areas. Then complete freedom was given. Gradually, activity was restored in almost all areas. People regained their previous freedom. Now, the re-application of these restrictions can lead to aggression in people because strict restrictions are being applied just when everything was going back to normal. The toughening of restrictions a second time around will harm the psychology of citizens. The nerves of those with a weak nervous system will be further strained. Some may even become depressed,” she added.
 
Gunel Azade