Australian home minister Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

Peter Dutton, who is in charge of home affairs, was admitted to hospital in the northeastern state of Queensland. (AFP)
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Updated 13 March 2020

Australian home minister Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

  • Australia has recorded 156 infections and three deaths from the flu-like disease

One of Australia’s highest-profile ministers, Peter Dutton, who is in charge of home affairs, said he had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and was admitted to hospital in the northeastern state of Queensland.
Australia has recorded 156 infections and three deaths from the flu-like disease, but authorities expect a rapid increase in coming weeks, with the arrival of the southern hemisphere winter.
Dutton, a former health minister, attended a meeting in Sydney on Tuesday at which he met Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other cabinet members for a few hours, a spokeswoman said.
“This morning, I woke up with a temperature and sore throat,” Dutton said in a statement issued by his office, adding that Queensland health authorities told him on Friday afternoon that his test had proved positive.
“I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”
Morrison has advised against gatherings of more than 500 people, but said he would still go to a weekend rugby game, as health officials warned that millions of Australians could get infected within months.
A media representative for Morrison did not immediately return an email seeking comment.


German Rambo: Police in forest hunt for armed homeless man

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German Rambo: Police in forest hunt for armed homeless man

  • Holice hunting for a homeless man in combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow and other weapons

BERLIN: In scenes reminiscent of the film “Rambo,” police in Germany’s Black Forest are hunting for a homeless man in combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow and other weapons.
Several dozen officers and helicopters were deployed as the search entered its second day on Monday.
Police in Oppenau, in southwestern Germany, warned local residents to stay at home and not pick up any hitchhikers.
They released a photo of the suspect who has a bow and arrow, a knife and at least one gun and is known to the police for previous offenses, including illegal possession of firearms.
Police said they were informed on Sunday morning that a suspicious man was hanging around a hut in the forest.
When officers approached him they found that he was armed with a bow and arrow, a knife and a pistol.
He then “suddenly and completely unexpectedly” threatened them with the firearm, leaving them “no time to react to the dangerous situation,” police said late Sunday.
He asked the police to put down their weapons and ran away, “presumably” taking their arms with him.
About 100 police officers, including special forces and canine teams, have been dispatched to search for the man.