Dan Andrews tests negative to Covid after being exposed to the virus at a ‘swanky’ 50th birthday party on the first day of his Christmas break
- Daniel Andrews has tested negative for Covid-19 after attending birthday party
- Victorian Premier was on first day of his Christmas holiday when he was exposed
- Mr Andrews is planning to holiday in the Mornington Peninsula
Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been plunged into isolation after coming into contact with a positive Covid case at a lavish private dinner
Daniel Andrews has tested negative for Covid-19 after coming into contact with a positive case shortly after starting his Christmas holiday last week.
Mr Andrews was at a ‘swanky’ 50th birthday party for a mate at the Elwood Foreshore on Saturday night, south of Melbourne – along with a guest with Covid.
The Victorian Premier was not a close contact but instructed to get tested and isolate until he received a negative result.
Mr Andrews has since been notified of his negative test result and is free to leave isolation.
The premier, who earlier this year suffered a serious back injury in a fall, plans to spend his summer break in the Mornington Peninsula.
His deputy James Merlino is the acting premier, with Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan to fill in for Mr Andrews later this month.
The Victorian premier on his first day of Christmas leave attended a ‘swanky’ 50th birthday for a friend at the Elwood foreshore Saturday night, in the south of Melbourne. Pictured: Elwood Bathers
Late on Wednesday night he received a Health Department text message notifying him he’d been exposed to the virus – along with dozens of other party guests, The Age reported.
The Covid-hardliner who kept Melbourne trapped in the world’s longest lockdown was at the Elwood Bathers with his wife Catherine and a team of personal security guards.
The woman being honoured in the private function room was the Andrew’s long-time friend Fiona Waller, who is married to iSelect founder Damien Waller.
Mrs Andrews reportedly made a speech at the dinner as guests let their hair down with an array of cocktails and wine on offer.
‘You wouldn’t have seen many blue-collar workers there. It was right at the other end of the scale,’ a guest who did not wish to be identified said.
‘There was flowing French champagne and proper cocktails. Ladies were dressed in real fashion and gents were mostly in well-fitted sports jackets.’
But the well-dressed partygoers were sent into a spin on Thursday with health officials scrambling to inform them a positive case also attended the event.
The Covid-hardliner who kept Melbourne trapped in the world’s longest lockdown was at the Elwood Bathers with his wife Catherine (pictured together) and a team of personal security guards
Guests at the Elwood Bathers venue said ‘There was flowing French champagne and proper cocktails. Ladies were dressed in real fashion and gents were mostly in well-fitted sports jackets’
At this stage it remains unclear how close the premier came to the infected diner.
Mr Andrews rushed to get a Covid test on Thursday but the results have not yet been revealed.
Whatever the outcome, he is expected to spend the next four weeks of his annual leave on the glamorous Mornington Peninsula.
The state recorded it’s highest daily total of Covid infections on Thursday with 1,622 new cases as fears grow the Omicron variant will continue to see infections spiral into the new year.