About 2000 Countdown staff are either sick or isolating this week, but relief could be in sight, Stuff reports. “Across our stores, in Auckland in particular, things are improving with only five stores now on reduced hours. Down from 22 stores last week,” said Countdown spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin. Supermarkets have been struggling with staffing numbers and getting stock on shelves since Omicron numbers began increasing in February.