New Zealand Prime Minister Ardan self-isolates after exposure to COVID-19 positive cases

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is watching at a press conference at the APEC Informal Leaders Retreat held at the Majestic Center in Wellington, New Zealand on July 16, 2021. (Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images)

Wellington — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been in quarantine until Tuesday after being considered close contact with COVID-19-positive individuals, the government said.

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

It would indicate whether the infection was caused by an omicron variant of the coronavirus, it said.

The statement added that asymptomatic Ardan feels good. She was inspected on Sunday and quarantined according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

Members of the staff who were on board as well as the governor follow the same quarantine procedure.