Omicron update — 28 January 2022

Read the latest Omicron update from the Ministry of Health.

Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.

Number and location of Omicron cases

To date, 105 community cases of COVID-19 have either been confirmed as the Omicron variant or have been linked to a previously reported Omicron case. This is an increase of 15 since yesterday. 

Some of these additional cases have previously been reported as COVID-19 cases and linked retrospectively either through whole genome sequencing or epidemiologically.  

Therefore, some are not included in today’s reported new COVID-19 community cases. 

There are active cases being treated as Omicron in:

  • Auckland
  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Taranaki
  • MidCentral
  • Nelson-Tasman.  

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.

Act like Omicron is in your community

We’re asking everyone in New Zealand to act like Omicron is circulating in their community.  

That means:

  • wearing a mask in indoor settings with people you don’t know
  • physical distancing, and
  • scanning in using the COVID-19 Tracer app, when you’re out and about.  

Anyone with any cold or flu symptoms that could be COVID-19 is asked to get a test and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.  

The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose. So if you have these symptoms, please get a test.  

Read today's update on cases and vaccines

Update on COVID-19 cases — 28 January 2022

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