Peter Dutton Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus, but the prime minister's office says no other members of Cabinet will be required to self-isolate.
In a statement, Dutton said he woke up on Friday morning with a temperature and sore throat.
"I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19. I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive," he said.
"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."
Where in the world has Dutton been?
Dutton visited a number of locations in recent days prior to coming down with symptoms.
Most recently he attended a meeting with the Federal Cabinet on Tuesday. That meeting included Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
He attended a National Security Committee meeting on Thursday via video-link.
In a statement, Scott Morrison's office said that the Prime Minister had received advice that only people who had close contact with Dutton in the preceding 24 hours before he became symptomatic need to self-isolate.
"That does not include the Prime Minister or any other members of the Cabinet," the PM's office confirmed.
On Monday, Dutton spoke at the opening of the new University of Sunshine Coast campus in Moreton Bay, in Queensland, where he welcomed the first cohort of students to the new campus.
Dutton was also in Washington DC last week where he spoke at a global leader's meeting for responses to child sexual exploitation and how to protect children online.
On March 3, he was pictured sitting next to the prime minister during question time at the House of Representatives.
On February 28, Dutton was pictured at the Golden Lane Chinese Restaurant in Brisbane.
Current advice for close contacts
NSW public health advice states "you need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person, and to monitor your health and report any symptoms."
If you have been identified as a contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in Australia, the local public health unit will contact you with advice.
"You need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person, and to monitor your health and report any symptoms," the advice states.
A close contact is typically someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes or been in the same closed space for at least two hours, with a person that was infectious.
More to come.