Omicron update — 26 January 2022

Read the latest Omicron update from the Ministry of Health.

Public health officials continue to manage Omicron cases in the community by rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.

To date, there are 56 community cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed as an Omicron case through whole genome sequencing, or are a suspected Omicron case because they have an identified link to a confirmed Omicron case. Whole genome sequencing is underway for all suspected Omicron cases to confirm the variant.

These include 44 cases linked directly or indirectly, to a family event and other associated events in Auckland on the weekend of 15 and 16 January. The additional 15 cases being reported today are in Auckland, Taranaki, and Nelson Marlborough. Further details are included in the regional updates section.

In addition, there is a total of 12 cases linked to the three border workers reported earlier this month with confirmed or suspected Omicron, an increase of six.

Including the border workers themselves, there are now a total of eight cases associated with the MIQ border worker first reported on 16 January, and three associated with the Auckland airport worker first reported on 21 January. There have been no additional cases linked to Auckland airport worker first reported on 19 January.

The number of cases and contacts are expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and as we learn more from case interviews.

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.

We also continue to urge anyone with symptoms, or anyone who has been to a location of interest at the times notified to isolate immediately and get tested promptly as advised on the locations of interest webpage.

Locations of interest | health.govt.nz (external link)

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Update on COVID-19 cases — 26 January 2022

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