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LIVE: No new COVID cases reported today

Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins. Photo: RNZ.

There are no new cases of COVID-19 being reported in managed isolation or in the community today.

The Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, are providing an update on the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand at 1pm.

Bloomfield says while it is good news there are no new cases, the official death toll is now at 26.

One new death is now recorded as part of the official death toll.

This is a case at North Shore Hospital.

Bloomfield says they first announced the death on Saturday.

"My deepest sympathies to the person's family and we request privacy for the family during this difficult time."

EARLIER:

On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported there were five new cases in managed isolation and none in the community.

"There are no new cases in the community outside of the three cases announced yesterday," a MOH spokesperson said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.

"For formal reporting figures, the third community case is included in our numbers today.

"There are five cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation, one of which is historical."

Auckland February cases

The results of genomic sequencing for the first 2 Auckland February cases have confirmed the COVID-19 variant B1.1.7, first detected in the UK.

ESR is now conducting a scan of the international genome database to see if there is a match.

"This result reinforces the decision to take swift and robust action around the latest cases to detect and stamp out the possibility of any further transmission.

"An intensive source investigation around the latest cases continues, along with public health actions and alert level changes outlined yesterday, are designed to break any potential chains of transmission."

Serology testing for the three positive cases and a close household contact is also now underway.

The three cases remain in quarantine and one household contact, who has tested negative, is in isolation.

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