This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.
We’re aware of the new B.1.1.529 strain which the World Health Organization have identified as a variant of concern and given the name Omicron. Health officials are currently assessing the latest international information and will advise on any potential impacts for New Zealand, noting that we remain in a good position to minimise the impact of any new variants with isolation and routine testing of international arrivals.
Read more at About the Omicron variant.
New Zealand’s vaccination rate has reached 93 percent for first doses and 88 percent for second doses. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
There are active cases of COVID-19 in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson-Marlborough, Northland, Waikato, Taranaki and Whanganui. Anyone who returns a positive COVID-19 test is required to remain isolated or quarantined as directed (see Section 70).
Locations of interest
View the locations of interest and advice on what to do on our contact tracing locations of interest page.