Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tests positive for COVID-19

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Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has tested positive for coronavirus after developing symptoms of the disease.

Mr Frydenberg shared the news on a post on social media and said he was isolating with his family.

“Like thousands of Australians, I tested positive today to COVID-19,” the post read.

“I have the common symptoms and am isolating with my family. My thoughts are with all those who have COVID – this is a difficult time but we will get through this.”

A total of 78,166 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Australia on Friday, and according to the federal health department, there are an estimated 381,269 active cases nationwide.

However, authorities say that figure is likely much higher, and multiple states are moving to include positive rapid antigen test results in their figures through various methods.

National cabinet, not including Western Australia, this week agreed the result did not need to then be confirmed with a PCR test.

The case breakdown was NSW 38,625 cases, Victoria 21,728 cases, Queensland 10,953 cases, South Australia 3707 cases, Tasmania 1489 cases, the ACT 1246 cases, the Northern Territory 412 cases and in Western Australia, six cases in interstate or international arrivals.

More to come.

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