COVID-19 media conference — 21 October 2021

Watch the media conference with government officials and ministers at 1pm.

The COVID-19 media conference starts at 1pm.


  • Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson
  • Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Watch the media conference.

Update on cases for 21 October 2021

There are 102 new community cases of COVID-19 to report today:

  • 94 in Auckland, and
  • 8 in Waikato.

As at 10am, 62 of these cases are linked — including 30 household contacts — and 40 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

The sharp rise in case numbers is a reminder of the infectiousness of COVID-19, and particularly the Delta variant, and the importance of vaccination as the best protection.

Update on today's COVID-19 cases | (external link)

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