The Prime Minister has tested positive for Covid as her government prepares for a very important week.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for Covid-19 and must be in isolation for another week.
Ms Ardern – who has been fully vaccinated – sent back a “weak positive” test Friday night.
But when she tested herself again Saturday morning, she was clearly positive on a rapid antigen test despite moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement.
Ms Ardern must 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 state that a person must isolate for seven days if someone in their household tests positive for the coronavirus.
Ms Ardern’s illness comes in a very important week for her government as she prepares to release her emissions reduction plan on Monday and her budget on Thursday.
While the prime minister will perform some of her role remotely, her deputy, Grant Robertson, will address Monday’s press conference after the cabinet.
“This is a landmark week for the government and I am gutted that I cannot be for it,” Ms 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.”
Ms Ardern also shared the news via her Instagram account, with a photo of her positive rapid antigen test result.
“To everyone who is isolating or dealing with Covid, I hope you are taking good care of yourself!” she wrote.