New Zealand PM cancels wedding amid Omicron

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday called off her wedding as she declared red alert for the country amid outbreak of Omicron. The Guardian quoted Ardern as saying that Omicron has breached New Zealand's borders and started spreading in the community and, hence, the entire country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions.

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

The PM further said nine cases of Omicron have been detected in Auckland. The country would be placed under red alert at midnight on Sunday, she noted. Due to the recent outbreak of Omicron, she also cancelled her wedding to Clarke Gayford, which was to take place in the coming weeks at Gisborne on the North Island's eastern coast.