After Jacinda Adern barred Australians from New Zealand, New Zealand has its first Omicron Covid case

  • On Thursday, New Zealand recorded the first Omicron case.
  • A person infected by the new Covid strain has arrived in the country.
  • Jacinda announced earlier this month that she would be locking out Australians 

After an infected individual arrived from Germany, New Zealand recorded the first Omicron variant case.

After being tested positive for the Covid strain, this case is now in managed isolation in Christchurch.

Before transferring to Christchurch, the person flew first from Germany to Auckland. 

Earlier this month Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced she was locking out non-residents until well into next year to protect vulnerable communities against the potential spread of the virus’ mutations.

Omicron’s arrival on Kiwi shores is causing concern. 

New Zealand has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant after a person arrived into the country

After a New Zealander arrived in the country, the Omicron variant was first reported.

Fully vaccinated New Zealanders who have been in Australia for over a week will be allowed to go home on January 17. New Zealanders from other countries in New Zealand will also be able follow their lead starting February 14.

It is not permissible for non-residents to enter the country until April 30, and a 7 day quarantine remains in effect.

Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s Covid-19 Minister said that vaccination rates mean it’s time to ‘carefully start the reopening our borders in a progressive and safe manner’. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) said she resisted a push to open the border to overseas-based Kiwis this year in order to enable New Zealanders to 'have the Christmas they deserve'

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand (pictured), said that she refused to allow overseas-based Kiwis to cross the border this year to give New Zealanders the Christmas they deserve.

He said, “It is very encouraging that we as a nation are now in the position to move toward greater normality.”

Ms Ardern claimed she was against any push to open New Zealand’s border to foreign-based Kiwis in this year’s Christmas.

She said, “We have to be cautious,”

Mr Hipkins stated that the first two dates are ‘locked-in’ so it is important to make arrangements accordingly.