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Dr Ashley Bloomfield says we should expect more Covid Omicron cases arriving here.
New Zealand has its first case of the new variant, in MIQ in Christchurch.
Everyone on the same flight, and people who stayed on the same MIQ floor are being treated as close contacts.
The Director-General of Health told Mike Yardley it was only a matter of time, given the virus is spreading across the globe.
“We are expecting that most of our cases within a short period of time will be Omicron coming across the border and then we will deal with them and keep them at the border.”