Coronavirus Outbreak: Australian Minister Peter Dutton Contracts Coronavirus
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Australian Minister Peter Dutton Contracts Coronavirus

With the coronavirus spreading more and more across the world, yet another prominent figure has become a target of the disease

As the novel coronavirus goes from country to country affecting more people than before, many prominent figures have tested positive for the virus. One of the first known figures to contract the disease was Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, who were tested for it when they landed in Australia earlier yesterday. Soon after, news of basketball player Rudy Gobert testing positive for the disease broke and later, the likes of Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife were also tested positive.

Now, yet another official has tested positive for Covid-19 and it’s none other than Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. He released an official statement on Twitter that read: “This morning I woke up with a temperature and a sore throat. I immediately contacted the Queensland department of health and was subsequently tested for Covid-19 ... the test had returned positive. I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.” The Minister was expected to attend his usual Today Show interview, but chose not to as the host Allison Langdon said that he was suffering from “a stomach bug”. But it’s important to realize that the seriousness of the situation should be acknowledged.

According to The Guardian, Dutton had recently returned from the United States. In the US, he had met with American, UK, Canadian and New Zealand officials as part of the Five Eyes network. Apart from Dutton, Brazilian official Fabio Wajngarten accompanied the Brazilian president on a visit to Florida, where they dined together with US President Donald Trump. While White House press secretary, said that Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence had “almost no interactions” with Wajngarten, he himself posted a picture of himself along with Trump, Pence and several others on his Instagram handle. News of his condition was revealed by his wife.

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