Coronavirus live news: US nears 25m cases as three infections linked to Australian Open confirmed as UK strain

A spokesperson for Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed that the case was being treated as probable.

Hipkins said there was not yet any evidence of actual community ‘transmission’ in Northland. ‘It’s still most likely this is a border case.’

At today’s 1pm Covid update, the Ministry of Health announced there had been eight new Covid cases in managed isolation since Friday.

The cases came from South Africa (2), the UK, United Arab Emirates, the US (2), Ethiopia and India. Four travelled via UAE and Malaysia.

One previously reported case had recovered, the ministry said in a statement.

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