The Prime Minister of New Zealand gave a positive result at COVID.
Jacinda Ardern’s office said in a statement Saturday that she has mild symptoms and she has been in isolation since Sunday when her partner Clark Gayford gave a positive test.
Ardern must be in isolation until May 21, which prevents her from being in parliament to publish the government’s plan to reduce emissions on Monday and the country’s budget on Thursday.
“This is a significant week for the government, and I’m shocked I can’t be there for it,” Ardern said.
Meanwhile, an Associated Press report said four cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy may not graduate or receive a military commission because they refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The AP reports that Air Force officials say cadets may also have to “pay thousands of dollars for training.”
The Asian Football Confederation announced on Saturday that the Chinese Football Association will not be able to hold the 2023 AFC Asia Cup.
A statement from the confederation said it “recognizes the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that led to China’s PR waiver of its hosting rights.”
China supports a zero-COVID-19 policy that has forced thousands of people into quarantine for a long time.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported more than 520 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday and more than 6 million deaths.