New Zealand PM Ardern takes COVID-19 test after reporting sick

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses her supporters at a Labour Party event in Wellington

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken a COVID-19 test after picking up a "seasonal sniffle" from her three-year-old daughter, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ardern will step back from her duties for the day due to the sickness and the deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will take on the responsibilities, the spokesman said.

New Zealand is largely free of coronavirus and has had no cases in the community since February.

(This story was corrected to remove extraneous word in first paragraph)

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Chris Reese)

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