Australia minister who met with Barr, Ivanka Trump diagnosed with coronavirus

A top Australian Cabinet member, who was pictured meeting with White House senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump: food chain 'almost working perfectly again' Lilly Wachowski claps back at Ivanka Trump and Elon Musk's 'red pill' exchange Trump says he gave officials 'option' to wear masks at Rose Garden event MORE, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump sides with religious leaders in fight against governors Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans MORE and other White House officials last week, confirmed Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“This morning I woke up with a temperature and sore throat,” Peter Dutton, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs and a member of Australia’s Parliament, said in a statement Friday on Twitter. “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.”

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


Dutton was in Washington, D.C., last week for meetings on the Five Eyes security pact, an intelligence alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the U.S., USA Today reported. A photo was shared on Twitter of Dutton, Trump, Barr and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayJuan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle George Conway group targets Tillis's loyalty to Trump in new ad George Conway group launches campaign to gin up GOP and independent support for Biden MORE, among others, on March 6.


Australia has 128 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Actor Tom Hanks confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for the virus. They were in Australia filming a project when they began feeling sick.

The report comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for the virus this week, just days after having traveled to Florida to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he was not concerned about Wajngarten’s diagnosis.

There are more than 135,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide as of Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 4,900 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began late last year in China.