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Prime Minister says he won’t be tested for COVID-19

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed today he will not be tested for COVID-19, despite confirmed cases among fellow MPs.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed today he will not be tested for COVID-19, despite confirmed cases among fellow MPs.

Mr Morrison said that he had a medical check-up last night and intends to get his health checked on a regular basis but will not be tested for the virus until advised by his doctor.

"What I'm saying is that there can't be one rule for me and another rule for the rest of the country," Mr Morrison said.

"Testing equipment is an important resource, and I'll follow the rules like everybody else."

Scott Morrison has told Australians not to travel overseas.

This comes after the third Federal MP announced their COVID-19 diagnosis overnight.

Liberal senator for NSW, Andrew Bragg, tweeted he tested positive for coronavirus after attending a wedding on the south coast of NSW.

"After satisfying the guidelines of direct exposure and flu symptoms, I have tested positive to Coronavirus," Mr Bragg tweeted yesterday.

"I am following the guidelines set by NSW Health and will isolate myself. I thank St Vincent's Hospital Sydney for their support & care."

NSW Senator Andrew Bragg.

Queensland coalition senator Susan McDonald also confirmed her positive diagnosis, just days after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced that he had contracted the virus.

Mr Morrison today announced the introduction of social distancing measures, to reduce face-to-face interaction between his fellow cabinet ministers.

"I've already put in place arrangements with the Cabinet. We're meeting now virtually. We're not gathering the Cabinet all together in one room," he said.

"The Cabinet is following the same rules as every other Australian."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.

He confirmed that a number of cabinet members have undergone tests, and anyone that has exhibited symptoms or experienced direct exposure to the virus will also be tested.

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"I can assure you in all of these cases where there has been a question arise as to whether that [tests] should be done, we'll consult with either the Chief Medical Officer or the deputy Chief Medical Officer," Mr Morrison said.

The Prime Minister also announced this sitting week in parliament will be altered to minimise the requirement for members and senators to attend.

This sitting week in parliament will be altered to minimise the requirement for members and senators to attend.

"The Parliament will meet only to consider the legislation that will enact the stimulus package and any other immediate business," Mr Morrison said in a statement.

"For the full days that the Parliament sits, there will be a Question Time on the basis that only the required Ministers, members and senators … to reduce the number of members and senators in each chamber.

"We need to be conscious of protecting parliamentarians and their communities."

Earlier today, Mr Morrison ordered Australians against travelling overseas as a blanket ban on indoor gatherings of more than 100 people was announced under new coronavirus measures.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-prime-minister-scott-morrison-wont-be-tested-for-covid19/931bc05c-3fe6-43e3-89ca-a74c44934108

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