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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tests positive for COVID-19

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tested positive to COVID-19 and is experiencing “flu-like symptoms.”

In a statement released just before midnight last night, Mr Morrison confirmed he took a PCR test after developing a fever on Tuesday evening.

Mr Morrison said he would now spend the next week working from home in Sydney as he recovers in isolation.

“I had tested myself daily since Sunday, including this morning, with all tests returning a negative result,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

“I took a further test this evening after developing a fever late today. The test was inconclusive so I took a PCR test tonight which returned a positive result late this evening.”

Mr Morrison said his wife, Jenny Morrison, and daughters have tested negative “but will isolate for seven days at home as close contacts.”

The Prime Minister’s positive result comes after he attended a meeting of the National Security Committee earlier on Tuesday with senior ministers.

Mr Morrison also pulled out of an event at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night to light up the sails in yellow and blue in honour of Ukraine. The event was attended by NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet.

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