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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is self-isolating after exposure to COVID-19 case

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is self-isolating after exposure to COVID-19 case

PRIME MINISTER. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020.

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Ardern is asymptomatic and feeling well, the New Zealand government says

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

The exposure took place on January 22 during a flight to Auckland from the town of Kerikeri, the government said in a statement on Saturday, January 29, adding that the result of whole genome sequencing was expected the following day.

That would show if the infection was caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the New Zealand government said.

Ardern, who is asymptomatic, is feeling well, the statement added. She will be tested on Sunday and is in isolation in line with the health ministry’s directives.

The governor-general and members of her staff, who were also on board the flight, are following the same isolation procedure. – Rappler.com