New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed on Sunday that she has called off her wedding as the country continues to curb a new wave of Omicron cases.
Speaking at a regular Covid-19 news conference, Ardern said health officials have reported nine omicron cases in Motuka, a single-family home. The family traveled to Auckland last weekend to attend a wedding, a funeral, an amusement park and a tourist attraction, prompting the country to move to the highest “red light” setting. “My marriage is not progressing, but I join many others in New Zealand who have had such experiences as a result of the pandemic,” Ardern told reporters.
When asked how he felt about his decision to call off the wedding that was to take place this summer, Ardern replied, “Such is life.” Last month, New Zealand said it was pushing for a phased reopening of its border by the end of February over concerns about the Omicron variant. Chris Hipkins, the country’s minister for the Covid-19 response, said: “Waiting until the end of February will increase New Zealand’s overall security and slow Omicron’s eventual spread. No doubt this is frustrating and will upset many vacation plans, but it’s important to clearly set out these changes today so they have time to consider those plans.
Hipkins also said that New Zealand’s cabinet has agreed on other precautionary measures, including reducing the interval between doses of a second COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot from six months to four months, and allowing passengers to travel to seven. Involves increasing the duration required to return to 10. Managed days in isolation and quarantine.