Coronavirus: Two new community cases in Auckland

Publish Date
Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 12:24PM

There are two new Covid-19 cases in the community, Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.

They are both students, one is a close contact of the student. The other is the sibling of the new case, Hipkins says.

Officials were looking into this but it's still "early information".

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In terms of what that means, Hipkins said these cases have a known link to the known cases.

He said the Government has been able to contain new cases in the past, when the source has been known.

But he is not preempting Cabinet's decision this afternoon on alert levels.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will front a press conference at 4:30 pm and outline Cabinet's call.

Meanwhile, officials are looking at "every potential opportunity these could have been for infection."

The "big wave of testing" is designed to find out if there are any more Covid-19 positive people in the community.


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