COVID-19 media conference — 21 August 2021 at 1pm

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

Media conference

The COVID-19 media conference starts at 1pm.


  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay

Watch the live stream.

Update on cases for 21 August

There are 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the New Zealand community to confirm today. This brings the total number of cases in the community outbreak to 51. All cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE.

Of the 21 new cases, 18 are in Auckland and three are in Wellington — one of which we reported yesterday and has been included in the numbers reported today.

This brings Wellington’s number of community cases to 6.

Update on today's cases | (external link)