21 Jan 2022

Govt says get ready for Omicron

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 21 January 2022

New Zealanders are being urged to prepare for potentially thousands of daily Covid-19 infections once the Omicron variant starts spreading in the community.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set out the way ahead at Labour's annual caucus retreat in New Plymouth yesterday, warning the entire country would move into the red light setting within 48 hours of Omicron's spread being confirmed in the community.

But Opposition parties are accusing the government of making the plan up as it goes along.

Our political reporter Katie Scotcher is in Taranaki with the story.