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Grant Robertson says Omicron is a cause for concern but not panic.
New Zealand detected its first Omicron case yesterday, a case that travelled from Germany via Dubai and is now 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 Deputy Prime Minister told Mike Yardley MIQ has been set up to deal with transmissible variants.
“We have an MIQ that many other countries around the world don’t, this case has been caught via this system and while it’s not 100% perfect, it has served us very well.”