Worrying news emerged this morning with a report that Jacinda Ardern is a close contact of an Omicron case on an Air New Zealand flight. The Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro was also on the flight which was from Kerikeri to Wellington and occurred after the pair were filmed giving speeches to be broadcast on Waitangi day.
The flight is considered high risk. Ardern is reported to be feeling well and has recently had her booster shot.
Along with the rest of the flight Ardern will be in self isolation for ten days from the date of the exposure. She has since attended a Cabinet meeting and all eyes will be on the results of her next test.
David Seymour has taken the opportunity to be a dick. From the Herald:
Act Party leader David Seymour said the fact it had taken seven days to identify close contacts showed contact tracing was a “costly charade” that had little effect on spread.
“Once again the Government has been caught taking a nap as it takes seven long days to identify close contacts of Omicron,” Seymour said.
“Jacinda was a close contact of an Omicron case a week before it was made public. She was a close contact on Saturday 22nd and the public was informed on Saturday a week later.
“This experience should be a turning point for Jacinda’s approach to Covid. She might ask herself ‘Why am I isolating when contact tracing is too slow for it to be effective, maybe we should stop forcing otherwise healthy people to isolate if it makes no difference? How many other people am I willing to put through this?”
This is such a fact free idiot attempt at a headline grab. Seymour obviously does not know firstly when the Air New Zealand cabin crew member became ill or secondly when she was tested or thirdly when the results of the tests came through. Testing results are coming through quickly right now. Apart from hiring clairvoyants there is probably nothing else that could have been done.
And over at the sewer the right are showing their normal levels of compassion and humour. It reads like a bunch of seven year old boys who have the ability to type have been given complete access to the site.
I trust and hope that Ardern remains fine. She has a big job to keep doing and the country needs her. Even the haters even though they do not understand this.