Australian MP Peter Dutton hospitalised with coronavirus

Dutton has been hospitalised following his diagnosis.
Dutton has been hospitalised following his diagnosis. Photo credit: File

Australian MP Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus - and he was recently in close contact with a New Zealand politician. 

The Australian Minister for Home Affairs posted on Twitter on Friday evening revealing he had woken with a fever and sore throat.

He said he immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was tested.

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

It's the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests postive is admitted to hospital. 

On March 6, Dutton was with New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin in Washington DC to announce principles to counter online child sexual exploitation.

Washington DC's Mayor recently announced a state of emergency due to a slew of coronavirus cases.

There are now 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in D.C according to local news site

Video footage from the conference shows Martin and Dutton standing practically shoulder to shoulder.

Coronavirus is thought to be able to spread before a person becomes symptomatic, according to the Centre for Disease Control - although this is not the main way the virus spreads.

It recommends people avoid close contact with those who are sick. Close contact is defined as being within a metre of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. 

Martin has been contacted for comment.