BAKU, Azerbaijan 

Four members of Turkey’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board visited Azerbaijan on Wednesday to support the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus. 

They were welcomed at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the capital Baku by Ramin Bayramli, chairman of the Azerbaijani Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB).

Dr. Recep Ozturk, a member of the scientific board, told reporters they came to Azerbaijan to exchange ideas with doctors struggling to battle the pandemic in the country, adding as “one nation, two states,” Turkey and Azerbaijan have historical ties.

Dr. Seval Izdes said she would share her experience in intensive care treatment with her Azerbaijani counterparts.

“The region and climate does not matter for the disease. It seems like we will fight this problem for a long time,” said Dr. Levent Akin.

Bayramli said cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan in the field of health is very good, as in all other areas.

“Our guests, doctors who came from Turkey, will examine our treatment system. We will listen to their recommendations. We will exchange ideas. I believe they will contribute to our fight against the pandemic,” he added.

Azerbaijan on Wednesday reported 542 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while the total number of infections reached 21,916. The tally of recoveries rose by 465 over the past day, reaching 13,100, while the number of fatalities rose by nine to 274.

The number of daily cases, which remained below 100 in April, exceeded 200 at the end of May. They increased to over 300 daily at the beginning of June and approached 600 in the last days of the month. In July, more than 500 cases are being detected daily.

Over 11.9 million cases have been reported in 188 countries and regions since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December.

The US, Brazil, and Russia are currently the hardest-hit countries.

The pandemic has claimed over 547,000 lives worldwide, while recoveries exceed 6.5 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankar

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