Omicron live updates: New Zealand to start easing tough border controls

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a five-step plan to reconnect New Zealand to the rest of the world

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Omicron – also known as B.1.1.529 – is a coronavirus variant with an unusually large number of mutations. It was first detected in South Africa, but has since spread around the world.

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Updated: February 03, 2022, 4:20 AM