Labor’s Federal election campaign is in chaos after Opposition leader Anthony Albanese revealed he had tested positive for COVID.
The positive test means Mr Albanese will have to isolate at home in Sydney for the next seven days, taking him off the campaign trail as the election nears.
“Following a routine PCR test this afternoon ahead of interstate travel to Western Australia, I have returned a positive result for COVID this evening,” Mr Albanese said in a statement.
“I will be isolating at home in Sydney for the next seven days.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he hoped Mr Albanese’s experience with the virus was mild.
“I wish Anthony Albanese all the best for his recovery after testing positive to COVID,” Mr Morrison said.
“Everyone’s experience with COVID is different and as Labor’s campaign continues, I hope he does not experience any serious symptoms.”
The news comes just 24 hours after Mr Albanese engaged in a televised leaders’ debate with Mr Morrison, during which the pair shook hands and enjoyed a laugh in close proximity.
Mr Morrison tested positive to COVID early last month.
Mr Albanese said he would continue his “responsibilities as alternative Prime Minister and will be fighting for the future of all Australians”.
“I am grateful to know that I will have access to the world’s best health care if I need it, because of Medicare,” Mr Albanese said.
“I am feeling fine so far – and thank everyone for their well wishes.”
The Labor leader had been campaigning in the NSW seat of Gilmore on Thursday where he visited a distillery and an aged care assisted living facility.