COVID-19 live updates: New Zealand imposes restrictions amid omicron outbreak

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 865,000 Americans.

1/24/2022 2:35:00 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that her own wedding will be postponed as she announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions amid the country’s first omicron outbreak.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 865,000 Americans.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reported in a press conference Sunday the variant is circulating in Auckland.-ABC News' Christine TheodorouShare to TwitterThe expanded use was based on a"Today's actions provide adults and pediatric patients, with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, with a treatment option they could receive outside of a traditional inpatient hospital setting, including at skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare settings and outpatient facilities such as infusion centers," Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement Friday.

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The power and control is orgasmic. Since she wants to cancel the wedding, if her boyfriend has a brain in his head, he should cancel the entire thing! That's why there are more sheep in New Zealand than people She leads by example 👍🏼 I like her! I thought this same person locked down New Zealand so tight that COVID couldn’t get in, and masked the entire nation? “Best COVID response in the world” was what most in the media were calling it. If so, doesn’t that prove that lockdowns and masks don’t work.

The citizens might want British rule back… Idiot This is what happened when you give up guns! America is the shining beacon on the hill and JoeBiden is destroying it I feel just awful for those 30 or so folks who live in New Zealand. Thoughts and prayers, y'all.

New Zealand adds new COVID restrictions as omicron spreadsWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are set to face new COVID-19 restrictions after nine cases of the omicron variant were detected in a single family that flew to Auckland for a wedding earlier this month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Sunday. *NINE* ***NINE*** CASES 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Wait, I thought they quashed COVID in 2020, what happened?

New Zealand Prime Minister Cancels Her Wedding Amid New COVID RestrictionsJacinda Arden unveiled new restrictions to try to slow the spread of the omicron variant. I'm sure she didn't mind... Probably made her feel better about herself. Such is a zealous tyranny. BorisOut

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Ohio reports single-day increase of 15,677 new COVID-19 casesAs of Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health said 2,496,243 coronavirus cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic. And still over 99% survival rate especially if you’re not already dying of something else. 💔😭 Ask the Amish how they are doing

North Texas counties create new ways to report at-home COVID-19 test resultsWith the flood of home COVID-19 test kits being sent out to people across the country, many are now wondering what to do with the results. Just call Fauci and tell him your results, it will make his day. No need to take the test. These test will automatically show positive to eliminate any confusion. Gotta keep these numbers up for Gestapo Jenkins.

France’s New COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Begins MondayFrance’s new COVID-19 vaccine pass goes into effect on Monday, requiring ages 16 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter public places such as bars, restaurants, sports events, theaters, museums, entertainment venues and domestic flights and trains. Fauci should move to France. Will you give the same attention to countries that have ENDED vaccine & mask mandates such as UK, Ireland and Bolivia

Email this article New Zealand announced a new set of COVID-19 restrictions Sunday amid its first omicron outbreak. The country, which had so far remained one of the few countries in the world without a surge of cases of the new variant, will impose new restrictions under the"Red" traffic light system starting at 11:59 PM local time on Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reported in a press conference Sunday the variant is circulating in Auckland. There are nine newly confirmed omicron cases identified in a single family in the last day. The family had just returned from attending a wedding and other events where there were more than 100 people, officials said. And due to the outbreak, Ardern announced that she and her partner are postponing their wedding. -ABC News' Christine Theodorou Remdesivir approved for use in non-hospitalized patients Link Share to Twitter Email this article The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its approval for remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19, to include people who are not hospitalized. Previously, the approval was limited to patients who were already hospitalized. The expanded use was based on a study that found high-risk COVID-19 patients who were treated with remdesivir were less likely to be hospitalized than patients who got a placebo. "Today's actions provide adults and pediatric patients, with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, with a treatment option they could receive outside of a traditional inpatient hospital setting, including at skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare settings and outpatient facilities such as infusion centers," Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement Friday. The intravenous drug, known by the brand name Veklury, is approved for use in patients as young as 12 years old who weigh at least 88 pounds. -ABC News' Sasha Pezenik Biden has no authority to mandate vaccines for federal employees, judge rules Link Share to Twitter Email this article A federal judge in Texas shot down the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers. A lawsuit was filed in December by Feds for Medical Freedom, compromised of government employees from various agencies and AFGE 918, a union which primarily represents employees from the Federal Protective Service and Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency. Citing the Supreme Court’s most recent decision against OSHA, U.S. District Judge Jeffery Vincent Brown ruled there is a difference between public health measures and setting workplace and safety standards. “The President certainly possesses ‘broad statutory authority to regulate executive branch employment policies,’” the judge wrote. “But the Supreme Court has expressly held that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is not an employment regulation. And that means the President was without statutory authority to issue the federal worker mandate.” Brown made clear that getting vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 and the lawsuit had to do with whether or not a president could issue such a sweeping order with the stroke of a pen. The Justice Department will appeal the ruling, a spokesman said. Following the ruling, a Biden administration spokesperson said"we are confident in our legal authority." "Importantly, as we face the most transmissible variant to date, every leader should be focused on using the tools we know work to protect the American people. Vaccination is our strongest tool against the virus," the spokesperson said in a statement, noting that more than 93% of federal employees have gotten at least one vaccine dose. -ABC News' Luke Barr