NSW’s Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole and Governor Margaret Beazley have both incurred COVID-19.
Their infections were confirmed on Sunday as the virus continues to sweep through the population, putting increasing pressure on the state’s strained hospital system and lack of RAT kits.
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Sir. Toole revealed on social media that he and his family had contracted the virus over the past week.
“It’s been a long week in our house, where my oldest daughter got COVID-19 at the beginning of the week, followed by my wife and youngest daughter and then my son,” he wrote Sunday.
“Today, my results have come back and I have also tested positive.”
Sir. Toole said he experienced “much less” symptoms, including a sore throat and a mild temperature, and will stay home for a few more days.
People in NSW who test positive are allowed to leave isolation seven days after their test if they have no symptoms. However, they should wear a mask and avoid high-risk settings for another week.
Sir. Toole urged people to be cautious over the next few weeks, with the worst of the Omicron outbreak still awaiting.
“We will continue to see the number of cases increase and they are expected to peak towards the end of January,” he said.
“If anyone gets the virus, take care of yourself and take care of those around you.”
Governor captures COVID
On the same day that Mr Toole announced his positive COVID status, Government House Sydney announced that NSW Governor Margaret Beazley and her husband Dennis Wilson had also contracted the virus.
“The governor and her husband are fully vaccinated,” a statement read.
Beazley “experiences mild flu-like symptoms” and “rests in the Government House.”
“The governor’s immediate program has been canceled in accordance with advice from NSW Health,” the statement added
Australian Gov. David Hurley, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg are currently isolating everyone after returning positive COVID-19 test results.
NSW registered more than 30,000 cases in 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.
There were 16 deaths in the same period, the highest number seen in a 24-hour period in the state.