An Australian government minister who last week interacted with Attorney General William Barr, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and White House adviser Ivanka Trump announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat. 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,” Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, said in a statement.
“It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice. I feel fine and will provide an update in due course,” Dutton said.
Dutton’s statement comes after he traveled to Washington and met last Thursday with Barr, Conway and Ivanka Trump — as well as representatives of the “Five Eyes” international intelligence alliance — to discuss efforts to combat online child exploitation.
The revelation from the high-ranking foreign official represents the latest example of the coronavirus infecting the upper echelons of governments around the world, and opens up President Donald Trump to another avenue of potential exposure to the fast-spreading disease.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus after having met and dined with Trump during the Brazilian delegation’s visit to his Mar-a Lago resort last weekend.
Brazilian media outlets reported that Bolsonaro is currently being monitored and tested for coronavirus, but Trump insisted Thursday that he was “not concerned” about coming into contact with Wajngarten. The White House has not confirmed whether Trump has been tested for the coronavirus, although Trump said Tuesday he was open to being tested.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is self-quarantining for 14 days after announcing Thursday that his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trudeau “is in good health with no symptoms,” his office said in a statement, and therefore “will not be tested at this stage.”
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