Watch Live: Deputy Prime Minister on Latest Covid-19 Case Issues

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Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay give the latest update on the government’s response to Covid-19.

Watch the 1pm briefing live:

Yesterday 55 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the community, 53 of them were in Auckland, as well as two cases from a single household in Waikato that have yet to be linked to previous cases.

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Yesterday, the government announced that the current Covid-19 Alert Level 3 response in parts of Waikato and Northland will remain for another five days. Zones will remain at current levels until at least Monday. Auckland continues to stay at stage 1 of level 3.

In Northland, no cases have been reported since two women traveled there from Auckland and tested positive for the virus.

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Today, two women who traveled from Auckland to the South Island were arrested in Blenheim and charged with violating a health ordinance.

Police and the Department of Health are investigating how they were able to leave Auckland.

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