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‘Bugger!’: New Zealand PM gets COVID at critical point in election campaign

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has tested positive for COVID-19 as the general election campaign enters its final two weeks.

Hipkins, who took over the leadership of the ruling Labour Party from Jacinda Ardern in January, has been struggling to connect with voters in his campaign for re-election.

On Sunday, he took to Facebook to announce he had got the coronavirus after developing cold and flu symptoms on Saturday.

He said he would take his campaign online instead.

“Bugger! After a rough night I woke up this morning feeling pretty unwell and just got this test result,” he said in the post on his official page, sharing a photograph of his rapid antigen test.

“I’m in close contact with New Zealanders on the campaign trail and I don’t want to pass it on to anyone, so I’ll be following the guidance and isolating for a few days or until I get a negative test.”

Hipkins said he would try to continue with as many of his campaign events online as he could.

“There’s a lot at stake this election, and I’ll be working doubly hard when I can get back out there to make sure Labour is re-elected,” he added.

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