Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce tests positive to COVID-19

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has tested positive to coronavirus while in the United States.

He has been experiencing “mild symptoms”, according to a statement posted to Mr Joyce’s official Facebook page.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has tested positive for COVID-19. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Joyce is in Washington DC as part of an international delegation. Other members of the delegation have tested negative.

The Deputy PM will remain in isolation until further notice, according to his office.

Mr Joyce is Australia’s highest-ranking politician to test positive to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Asked by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age earlier this week if he was worried about being in the UK, where he was earlier in the week, due to COVID-19, Mr Joyce said: “No, not really.”

“I think the world’s moving on,” he said. “I was, as you do, I was going around some of the popular streets, going around Regent Street, Bond Street; people just lined up, shoulder to shoulder.

“Life has moved on with certain precautions but life does move on.

“I imagine people are going to get COVID. [Given] that, the mechanism is let’s try to make sure people don’t die. But I think this is going to be endemic in the community and that will be the way forward and people will just keep getting booster shots and new vaccines for new variants.”

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