New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was praised for managing her pandemic health crisis, received a positive covid-19 test.
According to the New Zealand government, Jacinda Ardern’s symptoms are “moderate” and she is at home for seven days.
The official who posted a picture of his positive test on Instagram has been in isolation since Sunday, when his partner Clarke Gayford got the virus.
New Zealand has implemented one of the most restrictive policies in the world to curb the pandemic since 2020, and its death toll, at 892, remains among the lowest in developed countries.
In the Pacific archipelago, however, cases have increased with the omicron transformation since the March measures were relaxed, with more than 50,000 infections recorded last week.