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Chris Hipkins: The surge was slower than expected

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Publish Date
Thu, 24 Feb 2022, 5:52pm
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Chris Hipkins: The surge was slower than expected

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 24 Feb 2022, 5:52pm

A warning case numbers could go big in the near future. 

New Zealand recorded 6137 new community cases today, and one death. 

205 people are now in hospital. 

It's meant we're moving to Omicron Phase three from midnight. 

It'll mean only confirmed cases and household contacts need to isolate, RATs become the primary test and there's greater self-management. 

Covid Minister Chris Hipkins told Andrew Dickens the surge was slower than predicted ... with today's position expected a couple of weeks ago. 

“We do know that the case numbers double every 3–4 days, it could happen faster than that, but we could be seeing some pretty big growth over the next week.” 

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