Ashley Bloomfield tests positive for Covid-19 in Switzerland

Source: 1News

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has tested positive for Covid-19 in Switzerland.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Bloomfield has led New Zealand's response to the pandemic, but is stepping down from his role in July.

He is currently attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Dr Bloomfield tested positive on Thursday and is now self-isolating in Geneva. This will mean a delay in his return to New Zealand. He is experiencing mild symptoms," the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Health Minister Andrew Little left Geneva earlier this week, and both were following all health precautions.

It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently recovered from a Covid-19 infection.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and National's Christopher Luxon have also tested positive recently.

As of yesterday, there had been 1,124,908 Covid infections in NZ.