13 Oct 2021

Low-risk Covid cases can soon isolate at home - Hipkins

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 13 October 2021

Northland and parts of Waikato will stay in lockdown for at least another five days. Right now health authorities cannot rule out unchecked Covid-19 transmission in the community.

The stumbling block in Northland is the two women who travelled there and tested positive for the virus. It has been a slow process getting any information out of them about their movements and contacts.

In Waikato, where cases seemed to be contained to household contacts, there are two new cases yet to be linked to the existing cluster.

There was a total of 55 new cases on Wednesday - 53 of them in Auckland. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins tells Lisa Owen, people with Covid-19 may be able to isolate at home soon, if they are low risk and can do so safely.