New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for Covid

The premier tested positive at Covid as her government prepares for a very significant week.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to isolate herself for another week.

Mrs Ardern – who is fully vaccinated – returned a “weak positive” test Friday night.

But when she tested herself again on Saturday morning, she returned a clear positive on a quick antigen test despite having moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement.

Ms. Ardern will have to remain in solitary confinement until May 21, after she was already isolated from Mother’s Day after her boyfriend Clarke Gayford positive result.

In New Zealand, health guidelines state that a person must isolate himself for seven days if someone in his family tests positive coronavirus.

Ms Ardern’s illness comes in a very important week for her government as she prepares to publish her emissions reduction plan on Monday and her budget on Thursday.

While the Prime Minister will play part of his remote role, his deputy, Grant Robertson, will handle Monday’s post-cabinet press conference.

“This is a pivotal week for the government and I am gutted that I cannot be there for it,” Ardern said in the statement.

“Our emissions reduction plan sets the course for reaching our zero carbon target and the budget addresses the long-term future and safety of New Zealand’s healthcare system.

“But as I said earlier this week, isolation with Covid-19 is a very Kiwi experience this year and my family is no different.”

Ms. Ardern also shared the news via her Instagram account, with a photograph of her positive rapid antigen test result.

“To anyone else out there, isolating or dealing with Covid, I hope you take care of yourself!” she wrote.

Originally published as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants to skip “milestone week” due to Covid