WELLINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - 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 Jan 22 during a flight to
Auckland from the town of Kerikeri, the government said in a
statement on Saturday, 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, it 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.
(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)