Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton Contracts Coronavirus

By AAP
March 13, 2020 Updated: March 17, 2020
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Update March 17: Peter Dutton is now in quarantine at his Queensland home and his family has temporarily moved out after the federal minister was diagnosed with coronavirus and briefly hospitalised.

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Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Dutton said that after waking on Friday morning with a temperature and sore throat, he was tested for COVID-19. He was then told in the afternoon that the test had come back positive.

“I feel fine and will provide an update in due course,” he said in a statement.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton
Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton announces measures against online sexual exploitation during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on March 5, 2020. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Dutton recently returned from Washington where Five-Eyes countries have decided to collaborate with big tech companies to stop the online sexual abuse of children, The Epoch Times reported.