COVID-19 media conference — 18 October 2021 at 4pm

Watch the media conference with government officials and ministers at 4pm.

The COVID-19 media conference starts at 4pm.


  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Watch the media conference.

Update on cases for 18 October 2021

There are 60 new community cases today:

  • 57 in Auckland, and
  • 3 in the Waikato.

As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked — 18 of which are household contacts — and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

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