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Prime Minister ‘not at risk’ after Peter Dutton’s positive COVID-19 test

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Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton has tested positive for COVID-19.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton has tested positive for COVID-19.

The minister confirmed he woke up this morning with a sore throat and elevated temperature and sought medical advice.

Peter Dutton has been confirmed to have coronavirus.

"I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for COVID-19," Mr Dutton said in a statement this evening.

"I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive."

There were earlier concerns Mr Dutton was in close proximity to a number of Cabinet ministers both last week and this week and some of those ministers may need to go into self-isolation as a precaution.

However, the Australian Prime Minister's office confirmed that Queensland Health will undertake the appropriate contact tracing to determine who came into contact with Mr Dutton and may be infected.

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"In advice provided to the Prime Minister this evening, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer has reiterated that only people who had close contact with the Minister in the preceding 24 hours before he became symptomatic need to self-isolate," a spokesperson for the Prime Minister's office said.

It is understood that will not include the Prime Minister or other members of the Cabinet.

Mr Dutton has advised he feels fine at the moment and will continue to work from home until he is given clearance to return to regular duties.

He attended Tuesday's meeting of the Federal Cabinet in person and yesterday's meeting of the National Security Committee via video link.

According to the World Health Organisation's latest figures, a total of 122 Australians have tested positive for COVID-19 and three have died from the illness.

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More to come.

Source: 9News

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