Omicron arrives – we're all over it already

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 24 Jan 2022

Omicron arrives – we're all over it already
Late preparations for rapid antigen testing remain an Achilles heel for the government. (Image: Dan Brunskill)
Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 24 Jan 2022
The first rumour came at 8.49am Sunday morning from our family Facebook messenger account.A “friend in government” was suggesting an 11am announcement about going to red for omicron.“Ah, the covid rumour mill – working already,” I thought and dismissed it. We’d seen this repeatedly in previous preludes to alert and traffic light level changes.More compelling evidence was soon to emerge.Driving into central Wellington through Thorndon, there was Grant Robertson getting into a car in a pressed shirt, carrying t...

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