Labor leader Anthony Albanian tests positive for COVID-19

Anthony Albanian has tested positive for COVID-19causing an uproar in his election campaign.

The Labor leader says he plans to continue battling for votes for the next seven days while isolated at home.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not need to isolate himself, despite coming face to face with Mr Albanese during the leadership debate in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese meets Labor candidate Bennelong Jerome Laxale for coffee at a coffee shop in the Top Ryde City shopping center, in Sydney, NSW, on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Morrison, who is not considered a close contact under the guidelines, said he personally contacted Mr Albanese after his diagnosis.

Mr Albanese announced the diagnosis tonight after a PCR test before flying to Western Australia.

“Following a routine PCR test this afternoon prior to interstate travel to Western Australia, I got a positive result for COVID tonight,” Mr Albanese said in a statement.

“I tested regularly as part of my election campaign duties.

“I will be in isolation at my home in Sydney for the next seven days and will continue to follow health guidelines and advice.

“While I am at home I will continue my responsibilities as an alternate Prime Minister and will fight for a better future for all Australians.

“I am grateful to know that, thanks to Medicare, I have access to the world’s best healthcare when I need it.

“I’m feeling fine so far – and I thank everyone for their get well wishes.”

Morrison said he had contacted Mr Albanian.

“I wish Anthony Albanese all the best for his recovery after testing positive for COVID,” the prime minister said on Twitter.

“Everyone’s experience with COVID is different and as the Labor campaign continues, I hope he doesn’t experience any serious symptoms.”

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese will visit the retirement village of Symons House in Nowra, NSW, on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Alex Ellinghausen)

In addition to Mr Albanian’s isolation, further harassing the Labor campaign will be to find out how many high-ranking members of the party, especially candidates, have been in close contact with the leader.

Mr Albanese spent Thursday afternoon in the Bennelong seat meeting locals with candidate Jerome Laxale.

Mr Albanese wore a mask earlier on Thursday while visiting the retirement village of Symons House in Nowra, NSW.

Mr Albanese won the public poll 40 to 35, with 25 percent of voters remaining undecided.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attend the first leadership debate of the 2022 federal election campaign at the Gabba on April 20, 2022 in Brisbane. (Getty)

Political editor Chris Uhlmann of 9News says both major parties have contingency plans in place for a COVID-19 infection during the campaign, “but boy, is it an inopportune time for this to happen”.

The risk may have increased in recent days when Mr Albanian people shook hands in Byron Bay, Australia’s unofficial unvaccinated capital.

Mr Morrison has already had COVID-19 so the chances of him being re-infected are quite slim.

Uhlmann also pointed out that US President Joe Biden “succeeded in winning an election in the US while campaigning virtually at home”.

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