Peter Dutton diagnosed with coronavirus

Australia Health World

Updated March 13, 2020 19:44:33

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed he has coronavirus.

Key points:

  • Peter Dutton tested positive after waking up with a temperature and sore throat
  • He will remain in hospital where he will be treated for the virus
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers will not go into self-isolation

The Federal Government frontbencher said he felt fine but woke up with a temperature and sore throat.

“I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19,” Mr Dutton said in a statement.

“I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive.

“It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice.

“I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”

Mr Dutton was in Sydney for a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and returned to Brisbane on a commercial flight on the same day.

“In advice provided to the Prime Minister this evening, the deputy chief medical officer has reiterated that only people who had close contact with the Minister in the preceding 24 hours before he became symptomatic need to self-isolate,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“That does not include the Prime Minister or any other members of the Cabinet.”

Mr Morrison will not be tested for COVID-19, based on medical advice.

Mr Dutton participated in Cabinet’s national security committee meeting on Thursday, during which the Government decided to extend its China, Italy, Iran and South Korean travel bans, via phone.

When someone contracts COVID-19, health officials alert people who have been in contact with them.

They are then expected to self-isolate at home and monitor their health for 14 days after the contact with the infected person.

“Following confirmation the Minister for Home Affairs has tested positive for coronavirus, he has been isolated according to the policies of Queensland Health,” the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said.

“Queensland Health will undertake the appropriate contact tracing.”

Earlier on Friday, Mr Morrison met with state and territory leaders to assess Australia’s response to the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Dutton missed his usual Friday morning appearance on commercial TV, at the time being described as having a “stomach bug”.

On Monday, he opened a new Moreton Bay campus for the University of the Sunshine Coast, alongside Education Minister Dan Tehan and former defence chief Angus Houston.

Mr Dutton met with United States Attorney-General William Barr and US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka while in Washington DC last week.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone into 14-day isolation after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus.

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First posted March 13, 2020 17:56:15