Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 71 new cases today as virus spreads in Auckland

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

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There were 55 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the community yesterday, 53 of those were in Auckland along with two cases from a single household in Waikato that have not yet been linked to earlier cases.

Yesterday, the government announced the current Covid-19 alert level 3 response in parts of Waikato and Northland will remain for another five days. The areas will remain at the current level until at least Monday. Auckland continues to remain at step 1 of level 3.

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

Today, two women who travelled from Auckland to the South Island have been arrested in Blenheim and charged with failing to comply with a health order.

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

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