New Zealand Prime Minister tests positive for Covid-19 | News


The New Zealand government confirmed on Saturday that the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has tested positive for coronavirus and will have to remain in isolation for the next seven days.


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According to the statement issued by the Executive, the prime minister has been isolated since last Sunday, when her partner, Clarke Gayford, tested positive for the coronavirus, and began to have the first symptoms on Friday night, when an antigen test marked a “weak” positive.

After testing positive, Jacinda Ardern will not be able to attend Parliament next week to present her government’s budgets and the plan to reduce carbon emissions.

It was learned that Ardern will continue to take on whatever duties he can from a distance. However, the statement ensures that “travel arrangements for his trade mission to the US are not affected at this stage.”

New Zealand, one of the countries that has best managed the pandemic, has vaccinated 96 percent of the population with two doses and accumulates more than one million cases, including 892 deaths.

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