Phase 2 of New Zealand’s response to Omicron began at 11:59pm on Tuesday, Newshub reveals, bringing a newer way the country deals with COVID-19. Isolation requirements will be reduced, confirmed cases will get a text instead of a call about their positive result, and critical workers can return negative tests to keep working. Cases will also have to do their own contact tracing, with the Government’s efforts now switching to focusing on the vulnerable.