, Dec 9 () –
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus upon arrival in the United States for a work trip and has indicated that he will remain in isolation for ten days.
“Obviously I am very frustrated because I am going to be locked in my room for ten days, but it is part of the process,” he said in statements to the Australian station ABC, in which he indicated that he suffered mild symptoms and chose to take a test.
Thus, he has stated that “probably” he is “in the early stages”, before adding that “he is more concerned about being alone in the room.” “I don’t feel so bad, that’s the surprising thing,” added Joyce, who has the complete vaccination schedule.
Joyce had traveled to the US capital, Washington, from the UK for a series of conversations about the government’s plan for new regulations on social media, which is why he has been frustrated at not being able to hold these meetings.
“Part of our job is that we have to travel. I wanted to follow up on some of these things online, try to achieve better protection laws online and see where the United States is (in this matter),” he explained, as reported by the ABC.
On the other hand, he has maintained his defense of a return to normalcy in Australia in the face of the pandemic and has pointed out that the rest of the members of the delegation have tested negative. However, the Australian ambassador to Washington, Arthur Sinodinos, has also confined himself as a precautionary measure after meeting with Joyce on Tuesday.