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Three Waikato Covid cases as Auckland waits for alert level decision

A testing centre is being set up at a marae in the Waikato settlement of Kaiaua today after three community cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the region.

They are household members of a man with the virus who is in remand at Mount Eden prison in Auckland.

The Ministry of Health said two of the cases went to Mangatangi School and one had symptoms while there.

The National Māori Pandemic Group says the new cases mean Cabinet must keep Auckland at level 4 and include Waikato, and wants the upper North Island in level 3 as a precaution.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki says drive-in swabbing will be done at Wharekawa Marae in Whakatīwai.

The government is due to announce any possible alert level changes this afternoon and it is unclear how the development in Waikato will affect its decision.