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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

We don’t yet have a clear lead on the source of infection which links this family to the border, as we have with our other Omicron cases to date. Based on the information available, the risk of undetected community transmission is considered high. On that basis, Ministers have agreed that New Zealand will move into the Red setting of the traffic light system at 11.59pm tonight, Sunday 23 January.

At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19. Learn what we all need to do here.

The vaccine remains New Zealand’s key defence against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron.

The Ministry continues to encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. We are strongly recommending boosters for anyone over the age of 18 who had their second dose of the vaccine at least four months ago. We are also asking parents with children aged 5-11 years to get all the information they need for vaccination.

As part of our collective preparations for Omicron please check your details are up to date with your regular healthcare provider and in the COVID-19 Tracer app.