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Omicron Update: 27 January 2022

New Zealand moved to Red at 11:59pm on 23 January 2022 due to Omicron detected in the community. The Government is taking a phased approach to help minimise its impact and protect New Zealanders.

As case numbers grow, both testing and isolation approaches will change in response. 

Level Descriptions


Businesses and workplaces at Red >>

At Red, action will need to be taken to protect both at-risk people and protect our health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations.

The framework is designed to be more flexible than the current Alert Level system. We can move up and down levels as needed to control an outbreak.


Businesses and workplaces at Orange >>

At Orange, there will be increasing community transmission that is putting pressure on our health system. The whole of health system will focus its resources, but can continue to manage primary care, public health, and hospitals.


Green is when there are some Covid-19 cases in the community, and sporadic imported cases. Community transmission will be limited and hospitalisations will be at a manageable level.