New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID-19

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday.

Key points:

Ms Ardern has been in isolation since Sunday, when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positiveShe will undertake duties remotely in isolation until May 21The Deputy Prime Minister will address media in her place on Monday

She will not be in parliament for the government’s emissions reduction plan on Monday and the budget on Thursday, but “travel arrangements for her trade mission to the United States are unaffected at this stage,” the statement said.

Ms Ardern had been symptomatic since Friday evening, returning a weak positive test at night and a clear positive on Saturday morning on a rapid antigen test, it said.

She has been in isolation since Sunday, when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive, it said.

Due to the positive test, Ms Ardern will be required to isolate until the morning of May 21, undertaking what duties she can remotely.

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Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will address media in her place on Monday.

“This is a milestone week for the government and I’m gutted I can’t be there for it,” Ms Ardern said in the statement.

“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.”

Ms Ardern also said on Saturday that her daughter Neve had tested positive on Wednesday.

“Despite best efforts, unfortunately I’ve joined the rest of my family and have tested positive for COVID 19,” Ms Ardern posted on her official Instagram page.

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