James Shaw cleared after negative Covid-19 test

Government minister James Shaw is in the clear after being tested for coronavirus as a precaution

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has tested negative for Covid-19 after undergoing a precautionary test following a campaign trip to South Auckland last weekend.

Shaw announced on Thursday he was self-isolating at home and awaiting the results of the test, after developing minor cold symptoms upon his return to Wellington.

He confirmed on Friday afternoon that the test had returned a negative result, saying: “While the test was precautionary, it’s important that we all take any symptoms seriously and undertake a test if it’s suggested by a medical professional."

Shaw also thanked the people he had been in contact with for their patience as they waited for the result to come back, saying he understood all had followed the advice of health officials "which was exactly the right thing to do".

“I also want to thank my team for their support and for adapting so quickly to working from home as a precautionary measure. Again, this was the right thing to do and I appreciate their help," he said.

“We all have a role to play in keeping Covid-19 out of our communities, and that includes following the official health advice.”

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