COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Current situation

Omicron variant

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 86 percent for second doses. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 cases

There are active cases of COVID-19 in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson-Marlborough, Northland and Waikato. Anyone who returns a positive COVID-19 test is required to remain isolated or quarantined as directed (see Section 70).

See more on our Current cases page and in the latest News and media updates.

Locations of interest

View the locations of interest and advice on what to do on our contact tracing locations of interest page


View the latest information about COVID-19 testing on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Find testing locations: in Auckland or nationwide.

Traffic lights

New Zealand has moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights).

Parts of the North Island are at Red or Orange, and the whole South Island is at Orange.

Traffic Lights - Unite Against COVID-19

Latest updates

Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website.

3 December

2 December

1 December

30 November

29 November

28 November

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