New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for Covid

The Prime Minister has tested positive for Covid as her government prepares for a very significant week.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to self-isolate for another week.

Ms Ardern, who is fully vaccinated, tested “weak positive” on Friday night.

But when he was tested again on Saturday morning, he returned a clear positive on a rapid antigen test despite having moderate symptoms, his office said in a statement.

Ms Ardern will have to remain in isolation until May 21, having been in isolation since Mother’s Day after her fiancé Clarke Gayford tested positive.

In New Zealand, health guidelines stipulate that a person must self-isolate for seven days if someone in their household tests positive for coronavirus.

Ms Ardern’s illness comes in a very important week for her government as it prepares to publish its emissions reduction plan on Monday and its budget on Thursday.

While the Prime Minister will carry out part of her role remotely, her deputy, Grant Robertson, will handle Monday’s post-Cabinet press conference.

“This is a historic week for the government and I am devastated that I cannot be there,” Ardern said in the statement.

“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.”

Ms. Ardern also shared the news via her Instagram account, with a photo of her positive rapid antigen test result.

“To anyone else, isolating or dealing with Covid, I hope you take good care of yourselves!” she wrote.

Originally Posted As New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to miss ‘key week’ due to Covid

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