NEW ZEALAND – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in self-isolation after being deemed a close contact of a Covid-19 case, expected to be of the Omicron variant.
Last Saturday, she was on the same flight – NZ8273 from Kerikeri to Auckland – as an infected passenger.
Dame Cindy Kiro, the Governor-General, was also aboard the trip and is currently isolated.
Both were in Northland filming for the Waitangi Day broadcast at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
According to her office, the prime minister is asymptomatic and in good health.
According to a press release, she will be checked immediately tomorrow and isolated until Tuesday, in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.
She is completely immunized and received a booster dose on January 17th.
All other passengers on board are likewise considered close contacts and must self-isolate.
The findings of the genomic sequencing will be available tomorrow and will tell if the infected passenger was infected with Omicron or another Covid variant.
The prime minister retreated into self-isolation after 97 new community cases were recorded today, including 11 new Omicron instances.
Northland had one new community case, Auckland had 61, Waikato had 14, Tairawhiti had three, Bay of Plenty had eight, Rotorua had seven, and Hawke’s Bay had seven (3).
There are now seven people in hospital with Covid-19, none of whom are in critical condition.
As a relatively isolated island in the south Pacific Ocean with well-known tight regulations, New Zealand has managed to reduce COVID infections to a minimum, with only 52 deaths confirmed so far. Despite these efforts, incidences of the novel Omicron strain have been increasing across the country.
The country has a high vaccination rate, with 93 percent of those aged 12 and up inoculated against the virus.
This article contains materials from Agence Presse News.