The federal health minister was admitted to hospital yesterday with a “suspected infection”.
Health Minister Greg Hunt will be "back up on his feet" by next week after being admitted to hospital yesterday, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
A media statement issued by Mr Hunt's office yesterday said the minister was suffering a "suspected infection".
"He is being kept overnight for observation and is being administered antibiotics and fluid," the statement said.
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It was revealed today that Mr Hunt contracted the bacterial infection cellulitis in his leg and is expected to be discharged from hospital in coming days.
Asked about Mr Hunt's condition today, the Prime Minister expressed confidence his health minister will be "fine by next week".
"Minister Hunt and I have worked hand-in-glove over this last year in particular," Mr Morrison said.https://twitter.com/jekearsley/status/1369427388866703367?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
"Until he returns, I will be personally addressing the ministerial responsibilities on health and aged care, together with a minister."
Mr Hunt's office said his condition is "not considered to be related to the (COVID-19) vaccine".
Mr Hunt received the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab on Monday alongside former prime minister Julia Gillard.
In launching the vaccine, Mr Hunt said getting the shot was about "the gift of being able to protect somebody else's life… particularly our elderly".
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"With the commencement of the AstraZeneca vaccine, those numbers will grow significantly," Mr Hunt said.
Mr Hunt has served as Federal Health Minister through the coronavirus pandemic, having stepped into the role in 2017.
Mr Hunt is now the third Cabinet minister on leave, with Attorney-General Christian Porter taking leave after denying historical rape allegations and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds taking time away to deal with a pre-existing medical condition after criticism of her handling of the Brittany Higgins rape allegation.
His trip to hospital also follows Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews' admission to intensive care earlier today.
Mr Andrews broke several ribs and damaged some vertebrae, and will remain in hospital for the next several days.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/health-minister-greg-hunt-in-hospital-suspected-infection/8f263300-d5b7-4cc3-8746-36caabca1f6e