“Information on the development and infectivity of the new mutation of the coronavirus Omicron is expected to be available in days to come. We bring to the attention of our citizens that the country’s health authorities are monitoring the new strain as well as global experience over mutations and new infections,” the Health Ministry, the State Agency for Compulsory Medical Insurance, and the Association for the Management of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) said in a joint statement, Report informs.

“In accordance with the “Strategy of Vaccination against COVID-19 in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2021-2022″, the vaccination process continues in stages across the country. The new Omicron variant, which has recently appeared as a result of mutations of the coronavirus, is a serious concern for Azerbaijan, as well as for the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the new version, which was first encountered on November 24, contains a high re-infection rate as against previous mutations and assessed the risk of coronavirus from the Omicron variant as ‘high’”.