A top Australian cabinet member, who was pictured meeting with White House senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump throws support behind paid sick leaveHouse lawmakers introduce legislation to promote women’s global empowermentHow to end human traffickingMORE, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBill to protect children online ensnared in encryption fightTrump suggests he may veto surveillance billThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump takes unexpected step to stem coronavirusMORE and other White House officials last week, confirmed Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat, Peter Dutton, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs and a member of Australias Parliament, said in a statement Friday on Twitter. 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.
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, he continued. I feel fine and will provide and update in due course.
Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) March 13, 2020
Dutton was in Washington, D.C., last week for meetings on the Five Eyes security pact, an intelligence alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the U.S., USA Today reported. A photo was shared on Twitter of Dutton, Trump, Barr and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTop Trump officials adopt more urgent tone as coronavirus spreadsGeorge Conway: Schumer was ‘channeling Trump’ in comments about Supreme Court justicesThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Super Tuesday falloutMORE, among others on March 6.
Yesterday Home Affairs @PeterDutton_MP joins @IvankaTrump, Attorney General Barr & our five eyes partners to fight online child exploitation. We heard from 9 brave survivors & announced principles that technology companies should implement to protect children online pic.twitter.com/3ifeJnGJPI
Australia in the US (@AusintheUS) March 6, 2020
Australia has 128 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Tom Hanks confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for the virus. They were in Australia filming a project when they began feeling sick.
The report comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaros communications secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for the virus this week, just days after having traveled to Florida to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report Coronavirus tests a partisan WashingtonThe Memo: Virus crisis upends political worldBill to protect children online ensnared in encryption fightMORE at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump told reporters Thursday that he was not concerned about Wajngartens diagnosis.
There are more than 135,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide as of Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 4,900 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began late last year in China.