14 May 2022 New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for Covid-19 and must isolate until Saturday 21st May. The Prime Minister has been in isolation with her family since her partner, Clarke Gayford, tested positive last Sunday 8th May.
The Prime Minister announced on her Facebook page earlier today that her daughter, Neve, tested positive on Wednesday and she returned a weak positive last night, and a strong one this morning.
“Despite best efforts, unfortunately I’ve joined the rest of my family and have tested positive for COVID 19.”
The Prime Minister posts that she is disappointed to miss out on so many important events happening for Government this week.
“The release of our Emissions Reduction Plan on Monday and 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 says.
“To anyone else out there, isolating or dealing with COVID, I hope you take good care of yourselves!”
Ardern will carry out some duties remotely but her deputy, Grant Robertson, will take the regular post-cabinet press conference on Monday.
“This is a milestone week for the government and I’m gutted I can’t be there for it,” Ardern said.
“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.”