LIVE: Positive Covid community case identified
A positive case of Covid-19 has been identified in the community early this afternoon and is now under investigation.
"We will provide further updates once additional information comes to hand," says a statement from the Ministry of Health.
"The case is located in Auckland and a link between the case and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established."
The Auckland Regional Public Health unit is undertaking interviews with the case for contact tracing purposes.
"While we collect more specific information all New Zealanders are reminded of the basic public health measures of mask wearing and hand washing," says the MOH.
"In particular, anyone in Auckland catching public transport this afternoon or who cannot socially distance in public spaces should wear a mask as a precaution.
"Ministers will meet this afternoon once additional information is gathered to confirm a response. An update will be provided after that.
"A hard and early response is the best tool to stamp out any potential spread and everyone in New Zealand is asked to stay calm, be kind and play their part while we gather more information on the potential case."
There are no new cases to report from managed isolation at the border, says the MOH.
"One previously reported case has recovered since yesterday’s update. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 43.
"Since 1 January 2021, there have been 121 historical cases, out of a total of 752 cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is three.
"Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,570. "