Should Karl and Allison be quarantined? Today hosts interviewed Peter Dutton just days before he tested positive for coronavirus
- Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon interviewed Peter Dutton
- Mr Dutton announced on Friday that he had tested positive to coronavirus
- Channel Nine said neither Stefanovic or Langdon are showing any symptoms
- David Campbell and Belinda Russell were isolated after meeting Rita Wilson
- Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks tested positive to virus and are in hospital
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Mystery surrounds whether Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon will be quarantined after interviewing Peter Dutton just days before he tested positive to coronavirus.
The Home Affairs Minister appeared on the Channel Nine program on February 28, and announced he had caught the disease two weeks later on Friday.
It’s believed that those who have the disease may be infected for up to 14 days without showing symptoms – meaning Stefanovic and Langdon could have been exposed to the disease.
A spokesman for Channel Nine told Daily Mail Australia neither Stefanovic or Langdon had showed any symptoms of the killer disease.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton appeared on the Channel Nine program on February 28, and announced he had caught the disease two weeks later on Friday
‘Karl and Ally spent only a few minutes with Minister Dutton in a large studio, and do not present with any symptoms,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Medical guidelines say you must have spent a minimum of 15 minutes with an infected person in an enclosed space. Minister Dutton was not at Nine for that amount of time. We strictly follow health guidelines.’
Mr Dutton was admitted to a Brisbane Hospital immediately after receiving the results.
‘This morning I woke up with a temperature and a sore throat,’ he said in a statement on Friday afternoon.
‘I immediately contacted the Queensland Department of Health and was subsequently tested for Covid-19.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced he tested positive to coronavirus on Friday and was taken to a hospital in Brisbane
David Campbell and Belinda Russell, who are hosts on Nine’s Today Extra, were told to self-isolate after meeting with American actress Rita Wilson (pictured with hosts) who later found out she along with husband Tom Hanks had too contracted the disease
‘I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive.
‘It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and I have complied with their advice.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 204
New South Wales: 92
South Australia: 19
Western Australia: 14
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 1
TOTAL CASES: 204
‘I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.’
David Campbell and Belinda Russell, who are hosts on Nine’s Today Extra, were told to self-isolate after meeting with American actress Rita Wilson who later found out she along with husband Tom Hanks had too contracted the disease.
The Nine studio sent 20 members of staff home after Wilson appeared on the show who remains in hospital in the Gold Coast with Hanks.
There are more fears surrounding Mr Dutton’s recent diagnosis with the disease.
The Home Affairs Minister flew to the US where he met with security ministers and Ivanka Trump.
He also attended the opening of University of Sunshine Coast – meeting with university officials and students.
Mr Dutton then attended a Cabinet meeting in Sydney, coming into contact with all other Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
In a statement posted to his Twitter on Saturday, Mr Dutton insisted doctors were only concerned with his movements from March 11.
‘Queensland Health has been amazing and their advice to me is they are only concerned about contacts I had from 11/3. Nothing before that. This is a time for everyone to pull together as the PM & Premiers did yesterday,’ he wrote.
Ivanka and US Attorney General William Barr (left) posed with Australian minister Peter Dutton (right) at the White House on March 5. He has since tested positive for the virus