March 13 (Reuters) - Australia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton said he tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.
“This morning I woke up 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 in a statement issued by his office.
“I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”
Australia has recorded 156 infections and three deaths from the flu-like disease but authorities expect this to increase rapidly in the coming weeks with the arrival of the southern hemisphere winter. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook Editing by Shri Navaratnam)