WELLINGTON, New Zealand ( Associated Press) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 but said she still plans to go to the United States later this month on business and to deliver the speech. commencement speech at Harvard University.
On Saturday, Ardern posted a photo of her positive result on Instagram and said she was upset that she would be unable to attend several major political events over the next week, including the announcement of the government’s annual budget and a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect.
“I am disappointed that I will not be able to be present, but I will keep in touch with the team and share some ideas from here,” she wrote.
Ardern, who has a full COVID vaccination schedule, has been in isolation at her Wellington residence since Sunday, after her fiancé Clarke Gayford tested positive.
Under New Zealand health regulations, people must self-isolate for seven days if anyone in their household tests positive.
According to Ardern, he had a weak positive result on the rapid antigen test on Friday night and a strong positive result on Saturday morning.
It also revealed that Neve, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, had tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
“Despite my best efforts, I have unfortunately joined the rest of my family and tested positive for COVID 19,” Ardern wrote.
“To anyone else who is out there, isolated or dealing with COVID, I hope you take good care of yourselves!” he added.
In her post, Ardern did not describe her symptoms, although her office said in a statement that she started feeling them on Friday.
Ardern is the latest in a long line of leaders to contract the virus. Among the first and most serious cases is that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for a week in April 2020, before vaccines were available.
At the beginning of the pandemic, New Zealand closed its borders and imposed strict controls that allowed it to completely eliminate several outbreaks of the virus and continue with its normal life. But when the outbreaks became more difficult to contain and the majority of the population got vaccinated, the country finally abandoned its zero COVID policy.
New Zealand has experienced its first major outbreak this year, as the omicron variant has spread rapidly.