New Zealand PM Ardern goes into self-isolation after coming in contact with Covid positive case

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, who is asymptomatic, is feeling well, the government statement said.

File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern | AP

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has gone into self-isolation as of Tuesday after she was deemed a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the government said.

The exposure occurred on January 22 during a flight from Kerikeri city to Auckland, the government said in a statement on Saturday, with the results of whole genome sequencing expected the next day.

This will show whether the infection was caused by the Omicron version of the coronavirus, it said.

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Ardern, who is asymptomatic, is feeling well, the statement said. He will be tested on Sunday and has been kept in isolation as per the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

The Governor-General and his staff members who were on the flight are following the same isolation procedure.

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