Australia’s immigration and home affairs minister Peter Dutton on Friday disclosed that he had been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after waking up with flu-like symptoms earlier in the morning. While the diagnosis of Dutton, a key figure in the Australian government, has put a big question mark over the well-being of the cabinet, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Guardian Australia reported that all those who didn’t come in contact with the government functionary within 24 hours of him being diagnosed need not worry.
Significantly, Dutton had been in the US recently where he met President’ Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump on March 6. The US President was asked earlier this week if needed testing for the new virus, he responded that he didn't and was 'feeling great'. The question was asked in context of Trump's recent meeting with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, whose close aide was recently also diagnosed with the virus.
Till Friday, Australia recorded 156 cases of COVID-19, including the high-profile ones of Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. The couple is under quarantine at a facility in Australia.