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Omicron outbreak likely within 10 days: Baker

Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 21 Jan 2022

Omicron outbreak likely within 10 days: Baker
The government this week began outlining plans for dealing with an imminent omicron outbreak. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 21 Jan 2022
A nationwide return to the ‘red’ traffic light setting is likely before the end of the month because of the rate of border failures involving the omicron variant, says one of the country’s leading observers of the covid-19 pandemic.“I would be surprised if we didn’t have an outbreak by the end of the month,” Otago University epidemiologist Michael Baker told BusinessDesk.In a blog post published this morning on the university’s Public Health Expert blog, a paper co-authored by Baker suggests that an out...

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