Omicron surge; New Zealand Prime Minister cancels her wedding

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the cancelation of her wedding due to a surge of virus variant Omicron. She said,” the country is now witnessing more cases of Omicron variant and due to this, several functions have to be called off including my own wedding.”

Omicron has breached the borders of New Zealand recently, where the number of cases increased in a single day in the country, placing the country at the highest level of restrictions. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that she has canceled her wedding as the country continues to curb a new wave of Omicron cases. “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,” said Ardern.

Ardern’s wedding to Clarke Gayford was planned to conduct in the coming weeks at Gisborne on the North Island’s eastern coast. When asked what she thought of her decision to cancel her wedding, which was set to take place this summer, Ardern replied, “That’s life.”

“I know hearing these sorts of case numbers will sound deeply concerning for people to hear,” Ardern said. “We’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread and reduce the number of cases we experience as a nation, that’s all we can do now.”

Although the cases of Omicron are now increasing in the country, the country was an example of warriors who fought against the Covid-19 at the beginning stage of the pandemic. They introduced border restrictions which they conducted in a well-arranged manner. 

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Moreover, the country would take measures to curb the spread of Omicron and decided to move to a “red” alert level soon. Under red restrictions, businesses and schools remain open and domestic travel can continue, but there are mandates for mask-wearing, restrictions on gathering size, and vaccine passes are required for entry to most non-essential businesses.

Apart from the closures, the Prime Minister plans other precautionary measures, including reducing the interval between a second Covid-19 vaccine dose and a booster shot from six months to four months.