ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for Covid

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday.
She will not be in parliament on Monday for the government’s emissions reduction plan and the upcoming budget on Thursday.
“Travel arrangements for its trade mission to the United States are not affected at this stage,” the statement added.
Ardern had been symptomatic since Friday night, returning weak positive overnight and clear positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Saturday morning, the statement said.
At this stage, her symptoms are moderate and she has been in isolation since May 8 when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive.
Due to the positive RAT, Ardern must isolate herself until May 21 in the morning and this week take on all the tasks she can do remotely.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will address the media on Monday in her place.
“This is a landmark week for the government and I’m gutted that I can’t be there for it,” Ardern said in the statement.
“Our emissions reduction plan is paving the way to reach our zero carbon target and the budget is focused on the long-term future and the safety of New Zealand’s health system.
“But as I mentioned earlier this week, isolating with COVID-19 has been a very kiwi experience this year and my family is no different.”

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