PM Jacinda Ardern isolating after becoming close contact of covid case

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ... self-isolating and she will be tested today after sharing a flight with a covid-infected traveller. Image: Angus Dreaver/RNZ

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is self-isolating after being deemed a close contact of a positive covid case.

She was on the same flight — NZ8273 from Kerikeri to Auckland — as an infected person last Saturday.

Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro was also on the flight and is isolating.

Both were in Northland undertaking advance filming at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for the Waitangi Day broadcast.

The Prime Minister is asymptomatic and is feeling well, her office said.

In line with Ministry of Health advice she will be tested immediately today and will isolate until Tuesday, a press statement said.

She is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot on January 17.

The flight was added to the Ministry of Health website as a location of interest this evening.

All passengers deemed close contacts
All other passengers on board are also deemed close contacts and are required to self-isolate.

Genomic sequencing results are expected tomorrow and will indicate if the infected passenger was infected with omicron or another covid variant.

Dame Cindy Kiro
Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro … also self-isolating. Image: RNZ

The prime minister went into self-isolation as 97 new community cases were reported today, with 11 new Omicron cases identified in the community.

The new community cases were in Northland (1), Auckland (61), Waikato (14), Tairawhiti (3), Bay of Plenty (8), Rotorua (7) and Hawke’s Bay (3).

There are now seven people in hospital with Covid-19 — none are in intensive care.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ.

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