New Zealand’s first Omicron community case DJ Dimension ‘devastated’ by news

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A British DJ who has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in New Zealand says he is devastated by the development.

DJ Dimenion, Robert Etheridge tested positive for the Omicron variant while in the community.

DJ Dimenion, Robert Etheridge tested positive for the Omicron variant while in the community. Photo: Instagram

In a late-night social media post, Robert Etheridge, who goes by the name DJ Dimension, said he tested positive two days after his 10-day period of isolation.

Etheridge said he was in managed isolation for seven days from 16 December, followed by three days of home isolation.

He said he tested negative to the virus three times and had no symptoms, but returned a positive test result on day 12.

Etheridge spent time in Auckland on Boxing Day, where he visited a nightclub and bar, restaurants and a jewellers.

He had been due to perform at the Rhythm and Alps festival in Wanaka, but has now withdrawn from the event.

There are four casual locations of interest and one close – the Impala nightclub in Shortland Street, between 11pm on 26 December and 3am on 27 December.

The news comes as areas currently in the red setting under the government’s Covid-19 traffic light system are due to move to orange at midnight tonight, apart from Northland.

The areas are Auckland, Taupō, Rotorua Lakes, Kawerau, Whakatāne, Ōpōtiki, Gisborne, Wairoa, Rangitīkei, Whanganui and Ruapehu districts.

More details are expected to be given by the Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins later today.

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