Peter Dutton warns that coronavirus is ‘much more serious than people realise’ as he is finally cleared of the deadly disease
- Peter Dutton has warned Australians about the serious dangers of coronavirus
- Mr Dutton tested positive to the virus on March 13 and spent weeks in isolation
- He was able to leave isolation Wednesday after suffering on and off symptoms
- Home Affairs Minister said he believed the disease would be around for months
Peter Dutton has warned Australians that the deadly coronavirus is a lot more ‘serious than people realise’ after coming out of isolation.
The Home Affairs Minister tested positive to the virus on March 13 and was admitted to hospital in Brisbane that night.
On Wednesday the 49-year-old was finally able to leave isolation after suffering symptoms on and off for nearly a month.
Speaking to Ray Hadley on 2GB on Thursday morning, Mr Dutton urged everyone to take the disease seriously and said it wouldn’t be gone anytime soon.
‘This is a much more serious disease than people realise,’ he said.
‘I had flu-like symptoms to start with, then felt on top of the world within four or five days, but it’s the second week… it sneaks back up on you.’
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been released from isolation after testing positive to coronavirus
Mr Dutton said despite at times he felt better, there were days he feared he would be admitted back to hospital.
‘It lingers and it comes back and it can come back in force,’ he said.
‘I went to bed one night thinking if it’s any worse in the morning in terms of the labouring of my breathing I’d go back up to hospital.
‘People shouldn’t be complacent about it. A number of younger people have been in intensive care as well so just be very careful.’
Mr Dutton also said anyone who was planning on breaking social distancing or isolation rules should think twice.
‘If you can get a backstreet path to the beach don’t do it, if authorities think it’s safe to lift restrictions they’ll do that.
‘This is not going away in the next month or two it’s gonna be with us for a period of time.
‘A lot of people are living in very difficult circumstances where they’ve lost everything financially, lost a loved one, they are scared witless because they’re worried about a grandparent or sick child so we’ve got to think of those people as well.’
Fears surrounded the entire cabinet after Mr Dutton tested positive to the disease as he had recently attended a string of events.
The politician had also earlier returned from a work trip to the United States.
He met with officials from the US, UK and Canada in Washington on March 6 as part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing programme.
He posed for pictures with President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and American attorney general William Barr.
Mr Dutton also attended the opening of the new campus at the University of Sunshine Coast where he met with students and staff on March 9.
On March 10 he attended a cabinet meeting in Sydney before waking up three days later with a sore throat and testing positive.
Medical advice said Mr Dutton was only contagious 24 hours before showing symptoms.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (third from right) was diagnosed with coronavirus just days after he met Ivanka Trump (fourth from right). Ivanka Trump is the daughter of US President Donald Trump. Picture taken March 5 in Washington DC