New Zealand to ease COVID measures this week despite Omicron threat, says PM
"Omicron is a reminder of the risk that still exists at our borders," Ardern said at the news conference
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday the country will move into a system of living with the COVID-19 virus later this week despite the new Omicron variant posing a fresh health threat to the world, Qazet.az reports citing Reuters.
There were no cases of the Omicron variant in New Zealand at this stage but the developing global situation showed why a cautious approach was needed at the borders, she said.
"Omicron is a reminder of the risk that still exists at our borders," Ardern said at the news conference.
New Zealand has some of the toughest border controls in the world and plans to keep borders closed to most international travellers for a further five months.