The Deputy Prime Minister, who is overseas, has tested positive to Covid-19 after experiencing ‘mild symptoms’.
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has tested positive to Covid-19 while in the United States.
A spokesperson for Mr Joyce took to Twitter to confirm his diagnosis on Thursday morning, saying he had been experiencing “mild symptoms” and “chose to get tested” while in Washington DC.
“Remaining members of the delegation have tested negative,” Mr Joyce’s spokesperson said.
“Mr Joyce will remain in isolation until further advice.”
Acting Nationals leader David Littleproud said he had “been in touch” with Mr Joyce on Thursday morning.
“He’s isolating in the US until it’s safe for him to come home and we wish him all the best for his recovery,” Mr Littleproud said.
Mr Joyce is on a 10-day trip to London and Washington DC, where he is drumming up support to curb social media companies, including Facebook.
He was scheduled to meet Republican senator Ted Cruz, a fierce Facebook critic, and Marsha Blackburn, who has been instrumental in a US senate committee that has targeted the company over online safety for children.
Mr Joyce is understood to have also held meetings with counterparts on how to restore the aviation industry after the pandemic.