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Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, has cancelled her wedding as the nation is in the process of curbing the new wave of Omicron cases. She announced this during a news conference. Nine Omicron cases were reported in one family.



The said family is alleged to have traveled to Auckland for a wedding, a funeral and paid a visit to an amusement park. This happened last weekend. This triggered the island nation to move the country to the highest “red light” setting.


“My wedding won’t be going ahead but I just join many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic,” Ardern told media.


When asked about her feelings after cancelling the wedding, she said: “Such is life.”


“Waiting till the end of February will increase New Zealand’s overall protection and slow Omicron’s eventual spread. There’s no doubt this is disappointing and will upset many holiday plans, but it’s important to set these changes out clearly today so they can have time to consider those plans,” Chris Hipkins the Minister for Covid-19 response. Enter your email to sign up for CNN’s “Meanwhile in China” Newsletter.


Chris Hipkins indicated that New Zealand Cabinet had also agreed to the implementation of other precautionary measures such as interval between Covid-19 vaccine doses as well as when a booster shot should be administered. The latter was reduced from six months to four months.


Returning travelers are required to stay in quarantine or isolation for a period of 10 days.


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