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Probable Covid-19 case found in Northland community, Hipkins to hold press conference this afternoon

Health officials are responding to a probable case of community transmission of Covid-19 in Northland.

Covid-19 testing is available at the site in Whangārei from 4pm until 8pm Source: 1 NEWS

The Covid-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins along with the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield held a press conference at 4.00pm at the Beehive.

The Ministry of Health confirmed it is investigating a positive test result in a person who has departed from a managed isolation facility.

There will be no change to alert levels as investigations continue into the case.

A 56-year-old woman who returned from Europe tested positive for Covid-19 after testing negative twice while in managed isolation at Auckland's Pullman hotel.

Hipkins says 'too early to speculate' on alert level change, as Govt investigates Northland community Covid-19 case

It’s not known if the person caught it en route or in MIQ, or what variant it is. The person was good at scanning and they are working on contact tracing.

Chris Hipkins is in Wellington (not heading to Northland) and the PM will remain in Auckland today and tomorrow because it’s Wellington anniversary day on Monday.

In Northland, Covid-19 testing is available at 20 Winger Crescent, Kamo, Whangārei 4pm until 8pm.

In Auckland, the Balmoral Rd station was meant to shut earlier this afternoon but 1 News understands it’s extended its hours.

Epidemiologist, Michael Baker told 1 NEWS that a border case of Covid-19 would make it easier to contact trace.

"Having a link to the border is always a relief, as it means there’s a finite number of people to be chased."

The last confirmed community case was two months ago, officially reported on 21 November. 

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Eight new Covid-19 cases at the border over two days, one community case under investigation

The latest Covid-19 numbers released today by the Ministry of Health says there are eight new cases of the virus in managed isolation, bringing the total number of cases to 79.

The total number of confirmed cases to date is 1,927.

A live stream of today's press conference will be available to view from 4.00pm on the 1 NEWS website and Facebook page and TVNZ1.