19 July 2024

PM Hipkins to campaign remotely after testing Covid-19 positive

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has tested positive for COVID-19, and all his personal appearances on the campaign trail have been suspended for now. He will, however, engage remotely with his campaign commitments.

Chris Hipkins
Chris Hipkins, PM

“He(Chris Hipkins) has cold and flu symptoms that began yesterday. He will be isolating for 5 days or until he returns a negative test”, according to a media release this afternoon. He will continue with engagements he can undertake via zoom.

This is the second time that Chris Hipkins has contracted Covid-19. He first tested positive in March 2022.

Positive Covid-19 test (Source: Instagram)

Chris Hipkins shared his positive report on Instagram.

He wrote: “Bugger! After a rough night I woke up this morning feeling pretty unwell and just got this test result.”

Hipkins said, “I don’t want to pass it on to anyone, so I’ll be following the guidelines and isolating…I’ll try to keep up as many campaign engagements remotely as I can.”

There were 2998 new Covid-19 cases reported in New Zealand as on 24 Sept., 2023, and 1288 reinfections. As on that day, 175 cases were in hospital and three being treated in ICU.

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