UPDATE: There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community.
The Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield have provided an update to the media today.
Cabinet has agreed to make the wearing of face coverings on public transport a requirement for people across New Zealand, Hipkins announced.
This includes trains, ferries, busses and planes.
“Auckland has already been wearing face coverings on public transport since late last year. It can become a normal part of day to day life,” says Hipkins.
People will not be required to wear face coverings on The Cook Strait ferries.
Taxi drivers must also wear face coverings. It is not mandatory for passengers, but they are encouraged to do so.
Hipkins urged people to continue to use the Covid Tracer app, saying app scans have spiked in the past 48 hours.
The three community cases from yesterday have been transported to the Auckland quarantine facility.
Dr Bloomfield says there are three cases of Covid-19 at the border in managed isolation facilities today.
Earlier: The Minister for Covid-19 Response, Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, will provide an update to the media today at 1pm.
Both of the community cases are linked to the previous Auckland February cases.
Both cases are students at Papatoetoe High School. Case D is a classmate, and had already been identified as a close contact, of Case A. Case E is Case D’s sibling, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.
"We have received the first results from ESR's wastewater testing for 15 February.
"So far, they have found no evidence of any community cases of Covid-19 in wastewater sampled."
Auckland shifted to alert level two at midnight, while the rest of the country moved down to level one.