Jacinda Ardern has tested positive to Covid – days after announcing New Zealand would finally open up to the rest of the world.
The NZ Prime Minister announced she’d been struck down with the virus on Saturday, after her fiancé Clarke Gayford and daughter Neve both already tested positive.
Her positive result means Ms Adern will be unable to attend Parliament on Monday for the government’s emissions reduction plan as well as the budget on Thursday.
‘I’m gutted to miss being there in person, but will be staying in close touch with the team and sharing some reckons from here,’ she said.
Jacinda Ardern has tested positive to Covid after her partner Clarke Gayford also caught the virus
‘Despite best efforts, unfortunately I’ve joined the rest of my family and have tested positive for COVID 19,’ the New Zealand PM said
‘Despite best efforts, unfortunately I’ve joined the rest of my family and have tested positive for COVID 19.’
Her office said she was experiencing moderate symptoms while travel for her trade mission in the United States is still set to go ahead.
Ms Ardern had been in isolation since Sunday, after Mr Gayford tested positive and on Wednesday her daughter Neve also recorded a positive result.
The PM will now have to lead the country from the comfort of her own home until the morning of May 21.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will step in to address the media on Monday in her absence.
‘This is a milestone week for the Government and I’m gutted I can’t be there for it,’ Ms Ardern said.
Ms Ardern had been in isolation since Sunday, after Mr Gayford tested positive and on Wednesday her daughter Neve also recorded a positive result
‘Our emissions reduction plan sets the path to achieve our carbon zero goal and the budget addresses the long-term future and security of New Zealand’s health system,’
‘But as I said earlier in the week isolating with COVID-19 is a very kiwi experience this year and my family is no different.’
The news comes after it was announced that New Zealand will fully reopen to the rest of the world by July 31 after more than two years of tough coronavirus restrictions that closed the border.
The move will come two months earlier than the government had initially planned.
The final part of the staged border reopening will open the country back up to all visa categories – including tourists, workers, families and students.
‘New Zealand is in demand and now fully open for business,’ Ms Ardern said earlier this week.
‘This will be welcome news for families, businesses and our migrant communities.’
Ms Ardern said she was ‘gutted’ to miss Parliamentary meetings next week