Azerbaijan has extended coronavirus lockdown restrictions,
including the closure of its borders, until August 31 after a further rise in the number of infections.
The government said people in big cities, including the capital Baku, would be allowed to leave their homes
only with special permission from July 20 until August 5.
Shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and museums in those cities remained closed, while beauty salons will be reopened.
Azerbaijan introduced measures to stem the coronavirus on March 24 and has extended them several times,
most recently until Aug. 1.
The South Caucasus country of about 10 million people had registered 26,636 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 341 deaths as of Friday.