WELLINGTON, New Zealand ( Associated Press) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 but said she is due for a business trip later this month and to deliver a speech at Harvard University. Planning to travel to America.
Ardern posted a photo of her positive test result on Instagram on Saturday and said she was disappointed to miss several important political announcements in the coming week, including the release of the government’s annual budget and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. is included.
“I personally missed being there but will be in close touch with the team and sharing some rakes from here,” she wrote.
Ardern, who has been fully vaccinated, had been in isolation at her Wellington residence since Sunday after her fiancé Clarke Gayford tested positive for the virus. Under New Zealand health regulations, people must isolate for seven days if someone in their household tests positive.
Ardern said it returned a weak positive rapid antigen test on Friday night and then a strong positive test on Saturday morning.
She also revealed that the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Neve had tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
“Despite best efforts, unfortunately I am joined by the rest of my family and have tested positive for COVID 19,” wrote Ardern.
She added that “for anyone else out there, isolated or dealing with COVID, I hope you take good care of yourself!”
In his post, Ardern did not describe his symptoms, although his office said in a statement that he began experiencing symptoms on Friday.
Ardern is the latest in a long list of world leaders to have contracted the virus. The first and most severe cases were British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for a week in April 2020 before vaccines were available.
When the pandemic began, New Zealand closed its borders and imposed strict lockdowns allowing it to completely end many outbreaks of the virus and continue life as normal. But as outbreaks proved difficult to contain and most of the population vaccinated, the country eventually abandoned its COVID-zero policy.
New Zealand has experienced its first major outbreak this year as the Omicron variant spread rapidly.