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Jacinda Ardern wears Covid-19 face mask outdoors in New York despite locals ditching them months ago

Covid-zero fan Jacinda Ardern stands out in New York while wearing a mask OUTSIDE as she recovers from the virus

  • Jacinda Ardern photographed wearing a mask outdoors in New York
  • He tested positive on May 14 in New Zealand, but has since left isolation.
  • US state removed that requirement a year ago, masks aren’t necessary indoors either
  • But they are needed by those who have tested positive for the virus in the last 10 days.
  • Widely criticized for strict Covid rules, Ms Ardern is in the US on a trade mission

Jacinda Ardern has been seen wearing a face mask outside in New York City despite the fact that they haven’t even been required indoors for months.

The New Zealand prime minister, who tested positive for covid on May 13, stood out wearing protection while out and about in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

Surrounded by a security team, Ms Ardern, who was on day 11 of her infection, kept her face covered in black despite being outside and coming out of Covid isolation on May 21.

State rules say people must wear a mask until day 10 of a covid infection.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul ended the COVID-19 mask mandate in her state in February and outdoors since vaccination became widespread last year.

But those who have had Covid must wear a mask until the end of day 10.

Jacinda Ardern has been seen wearing a face mask outdoors in New York even though they haven't been required for months.

Jacinda Ardern has been seen wearing a face mask outdoors in New York even though they haven’t been required for months.

The New Zealand prime minister, who announced she had covid on May 14, stood out wearing unnecessary protection while out and about in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

The New Zealand prime minister, who announced she had covid on May 14, stood out wearing unnecessary protection while out and about in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated face coverings in public spaces in April 2020. The rule lasted just over a year.

Ardern arrived in a motorcade to set up a meeting with US travel editors before donning the mask. She is in New York on a business trip to meet companies and tech giants.

She will later move to Boston, where she will be the keynote speaker at the 371st. Harvard University graduation on Thursday.

Harvard President Larry Bacow said he looked forward to Ms. Ardern’s speech.

“From climate change and gender equality to Covid-19, he has modeled compassionate leadership that has combined empathy and science-based solutions to tackle the most challenging problems of our time,” he said.

Ms Ardern was earlier photographed chatting with Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong in Tokyo as an observer at the Quad meeting.

Ms Ardern congratulated Anthony Albanese on his election victory, but is understood to be determined to see a change to Australia's divisive deportation laws.

Ms Ardern congratulated Anthony Albanese on his election victory, but is understood to be determined to see a change to Australia’s divisive deportation laws.

Ms Ardern has been widely criticized for her strict response to Covid, including chairing a long-running mandatory quarantine system for returning kiwis.

It also kept borders closed throughout the pandemic and does not reopen for all tourists and visa holders until 11:59 p.m. on July 31.

Vaccinated Australians were allowed entry from April 13 and vaccinated travelers from 60 other countries from May 2.

Despite admitting she was not a fan of vaccine mandates, Ms Ardern said she had to introduce them to avoid long-term covid restrictions.

Auckland residents suffered through a series of lockdowns during the pandemic, the worst of which was a nearly four-month spell at home from August to December last year.

Ms Ardern said the stay-at-home order, combined with the presence of the more dangerous Delta variant, forced officials to take more drastic action.

She was photographed chatting with new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong without a face covering.

She was photographed chatting with new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong without a face covering.

In his home country, his approval rating has fallen sharply in recent months and his government is behind in the polls ahead of the next New Zealand election, due before January 2024.

He is understood to be hopeful that Australia’s change in leadership will finally mean an end to divisive deportation laws.

Australia’s ‘501’ deportations, in which foreign nationals are required to maintain ‘good character’ or risk being given a one-way ticket to their home country and told never to return, has triggered some icy discussions with New Zealand.

The powers, under section 501 of the Migration Act, allow the immigration minister to deport hundreds of people each year on the basis of “bad character”, most of whom are from New Zealand.

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