Ardern, Bloomfield to speak at 1pm after three Covid cases with links outside Auckland

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield have called a press conference for 1pm on Sunday.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 29: People walk down Ponsonby Road on September 29, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. 45 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in New Zealand in the last 24 hours, with all cases located in Auckland. Auckland remains in lockdown at Alert Level 3. Under Alert Level 3 settings, essential businesses and services can operate but must ensure appropriate physical distancing and contact tracing, with early learning centres and schools to  reopen for children up to Year 10 whose parents or caregivers need to return to work. Restaurants and cafes can reopen for takeaway, delivery or drive-through only. The only gatherings allowed under alert level 3 are weddings and civil union ceremonies, funerals and tangihanga, with up to 10 people only. People must remain in their household bubbles when not at work or school and masks remain mandatory outside of the home. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

It was originally planned that the Ministry of Health would issue a 1pm press release with the latest Covid-19 figures.

However, after a truck driver who visited Palmerston North for work tested positive, and now one case each in Hamilton and Raglan, that plan has changed.

Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

It comes as Auckland awaits tomorrow's alert level update. 

Auckland went into Alert Level 4 lockdown on August 17 after an outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant. The city has since moved down to Level 3 where it currently sits. The rest of New Zealand have greater freedoms in Level 2.

On Monday Cabinet will meet to decide if there's a change in Auckland's alert level status. The Prime Minister will inform the public of the decision that afternoon.

On Saturday there were 27 new Covid-19 cases in the community in New Zealand, all in Auckland.

Also on Saturday multiple people seemingly flouted social distancing rules at an anti-lockdown protest in the Domain.

The Ministry of Health announced 27 new cases  of Covid-19 on Saturday, including one patient from Middlemore Hospital who tested positive after visiting the emergency department on an unrelated matter. 

This latest person to present at Middlemore with Covid-19 comes after two people with the virus came to the hospital on Wednesday night.