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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for Covid-19. She will stay at home for a week. It is likely she caught the virus from her partner, New Zealand television personality Clarke Gayford, who tested positive earlier this month. She championed a zero Covid 19 strategy from early in the pandemic.

A government statement on Saturday said Ms. Ardern’s symptoms were moderate. It is likely she caught the virus from her partner, New Zealand television personality Clarke Gayford, who tested positive earlier this month. Her 3-year-old daughter Neve also had tested positive.

Ms. Ardern had been isolated at her home in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, since May 8. Numerous world leaders have tested positive for Covid-19 during the pandemic including former U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

New Zealand was among a small number of countries that was able to delay Covid-19 becoming an endemic disease. The country has this year dropped most of the restrictions it imposed on the public, after more than 95% of people age 12 and over were vaccinated. Recently, it has been recording 10 to 20 deaths a day as the Omicron variant spreads through the country.
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