There are three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, two in the community and one in managed isolation.

Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins says there is one new community case of Covid-19 in Auckland.

“There is at this point no clear link to a facility or the border,” he said.

“I want to stress that we’re in the early days of information coming through … we will be undertaking a further press conference today about 5pm.”

He says there is a plan for dealing with cases in the community and the plan has stamped out community cases before.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the other two cases include one returnee and another community case that is linked to the November quarantine cluster.

The cluster case is a close contact of “Case B” in that cluster and tested positive yesterday, 11 November, after developing symptoms. They had already been in isolation since Saturday, as had their close family members, in Wellington, Bloomfield said.

The Auckland community case became symptomatic on Monday 9 November – they were tested late on 10 November and went to work at A to Z Collection on High Street from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 November.

The test was confirmed this morning, mid morning, and they are being moved into quarantine.

Bloomfield says this shows why it is important for anyone who has symptoms to remain at home in isolation.

The person lives alone and seems to have had limited outings recently. They have not visited a supermarket during the period they may have been infectious. They are a student at AUT but have not been to the campus since mid-October so there is no risk at the university.

People who may have visited the A to Z Collection store at 61 High street in Auckland, or who is a resident at or visitor to the Vincent Residency at 106 Vincent Street in central Auckland between Saturday 7 and today, 12 November is asked to get a test and isolate until they get the results.


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