Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus

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Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton addresses media at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Dutton has promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism.

  • Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton announced on Friday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 
  • Dutton said he tested for the virus after waking up with a temperature and sore throat. 
  • He said he is now in the hospital under the advice of Queensland health officials. 
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Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton announced on Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. 

In a statement on Friday night, Dutton said he tested for the virus after waking up with a temperature and sore throat. 

 

"This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat," he said. 

"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." 

He said Queensland officials advised him to be admitted to the hospital. 

"I feel fine and will provide an update in due course," he added. 

This is a developing story.

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