Coronavirus: Peter Dutton contracts COVID-19


“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.”

The Home Affairs Minister flew to the United States last Thursday to meet security ministers from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance in Washington.

Mr Dutton was in Sydney on Tuesday for a cabinet meeting with Mr Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, and the rest of the coalition government’s key ministers.

The Home Affairs Minister flew to the United States earlier this month to meet security ministers from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance in Washington on Thursday, March 5.

He returned to Australia at the weekend before travelling on a commercial flight from Brisbane to Sydney for the cabinet meeting.

Mr Morrison is expected to release a statement shortly. The prime minister spent most of Friday in close contact with state premiers and territory leaders preparing their response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra last Tuesday.

Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra last Tuesday.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Dutton had missed his regular weekly television on the Nine Network’s Today Show on Friday, with hosts announcing he was “sick” with a “stomach bug”.

The government on Friday night was scrambling to determine the potential extent of any infection. This extends to state premiers, senior ministers, Treasury Steven Kennedy, and Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.

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Before Mr Dutton’s diagnosis, Mr Morrison on Friday said parliament would go ahead as planned. People diagnosed with coronavirus have to go to hospital, while people who come into contact with a confirmed case have to self-isolate for 14 days.

On Friday, Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a trip from Britain. Though Mr Trudeau has no symptoms of the disease, he is self-isolating for the next 14 days. Canada has at least 103 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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