Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and his wife test positive for COVID-19

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has tested positive for coronavirus after developing symptoms of the disease on Thursday evening.

Mr Frydenberg, who had been staying at his holiday home in the Surf Coast during the festive season, shared the news on a post on social media and said he was isolating with his family in their home in Melbourne.

“Like thousands of Australians, I tested positive today to COVID-19,” the post read.

“I have the common symptoms and am isolating with my family. My thoughts are with all those who have COVID – this is a difficult time but we will get through this.”

Mr Frydenberg took a rapid antigen test on Friday and recorded the positive result online, in accordance with Victoria’s new testing rules.

A source familiar with the case told The Age Mr Frydenberg had developed a sore throat, cough, and fever overnight and was “pretty crook”.

Mr Frydenberg’s wife, Amie, has also tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear whether the couple has contracted the Omicron or Delta strain of the virus.

The Treasurer, who is currently on a break, visited Torquay on Monday where he met with Liberal candidate for Corangamite Stephanie Asher and a local business owner.

Mr Frydenberg was due to attend Lorne’s Pier to Pub swim on Saturday, but the event was cancelled earlier this week due to rising coronavirus numbers in Victoria.

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He isn’t believed to have been in contact with any federal MPs during his infectious period.

A total of 78,166 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Australia on Friday, and according to the federal health department, there are an estimated 381,269 active cases nationwide.

However, authorities say that figure is likely much higher, and multiple states are moving to include positive rapid antigen test results in their figures through various methods.

National cabinet, not including Western Australia, this week agreed the result did not need to then be confirmed with a PCR test.

The case breakdown was NSW 38,625 cases, Victoria 21,728 cases, Queensland 10,953 cases, South Australia 3707 cases, Tasmania 1489 cases, the ACT 1246 cases, the Northern Territory 412 cases and in Western Australia, six cases in interstate or international arrivals.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to the United Kingdom, and isolated in a hotel room in the United States before returning to Australia.

In March 2020, then Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was the first member of the Australian government to return a positive test for COVID-19.

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