New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern tests positive for COVID-19

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, she says in an Instagram post.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for coronavirus.

She has been in isolation since May 8 after her fiancé Clarke Gayford contracted the virus. Ella’s daughter Neve de Ella, 3, tested positive on Wednesday, she said in an Instagram post on Saturday.

Ardern will miss what is arguably his government’s biggest week in parliament, with his emissions reduction plan due to be unveiled on Monday and budget to be published on Thursday.

“This is a historic week for the government and I’m devastated that I can’t be there,” Ardern said.

“Our emissions reduction plan sets out the path to achieving our zero carbon target and the budget addresses the long-term future and security of New Zealand’s health system.

“But like I said earlier in the week, isolating with COVID-19 is a very Kiwi experience this year and my family is no different.”

Ardern is due to give the Harvard University commencement address on May 26.

Ardern said that at this stage his travel arrangements to the US were not affected.

New Zealand’s COVID-19 rules mean Ardern must self-isolate at home until May 21.

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