Bako, John Chukwudi
News coming in revealed that a senior member of the Australian government, home affairs minister Peter Dutton, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr Peter Dutton, who sits on the national security committee, said he woke up with a “temperature and sore throat”, BBC Reports.
According to BBC report, Dutton said he immediately contacted his local health department in Queensland and is now in hospital.
There are now 156 confirmed cases in Australia, together with US actor Tom Hanks, who is in Queensland. Hanks is there with his wife Rita Wilson – who also has the virus – to make a film about Elvis Presley.
“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat. I feel fine and will provide an update in due course,” said Mr Dutton on Twitter.
“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.”
Mr Dutton had on Thursday been asked why people entering Australia weren’t being tested. He said it was not possible to test everyone coming into the country.
“For 99% of people there’s no issue,” he said, according to radio station 4BC.
Mr Dutton lately travelled to Washington DC for an international meeting on child sexual exploitation.
Three people in Australia have reported to had died from the virus though health officials warn that millions more are likely to contract the virus within the next six months.
“We’re anticipating 20% of the population in the first wave to be affected,” said Kerry Chant, the chief medical officer for the New South Wales (NSW) state government, according to a Reuters report.
More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in 118 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization.