Prime Minister New Zealand Jacinda Ardern tests positive Covid-19 with moderate symptoms.
Currently, Ardern is undergoing quarantine and isolation as a measure to deal with the Covid-19 virus, and is temporarily said to not be attending Parliamentary activities in person.
On Monday, Parliament will discuss the government’s upcoming Emission Reduction Plan and Budget.
It is said that the positive Covid-19 that Ardern is currently experiencing will not affect her activities to make a trip to the United States, as reported by ReutersSaturday (14/5).
“Travel arrangements for his trade mission to the United States are not affected at this stage,” the statement added.
Since Friday night, Ardern has been showing symptoms and later tested positive on Saturday morning during a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Her symptoms have been and have been in isolation since May 8 when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive.
Due to the positive RAT, Ardern was asked to self-isolate until May 21 and all her work was done remotely.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will address the media in his stead on Monday.
“This is a milestone week for the Government and I’m sad I can’t be there for it,” Ardern said in a statement.
In fact, he said, the plan to reduce emissions has been carried out for a long time. Not only that, discussions on the long-term budget and health security system in New Zealand will also be discussed in Parliament on Monday.
“But as I said earlier in the week, self-isolating because of Covid-19 has been a very pleasant experience this year and my family is no different,” he said.
Earlier, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her country would open its international borders from 11:59 a.m. on 31 July.
“This will be great news for our families, businesses and migrant communities. It will provide clarity and good preparation time for airlines and cruise companies to return to New Zealand in the height of spring and summer,” Ardern said.