Treasurer tests negative to coronavirus after Parliament coughing fit

UPDATE | May 13 | Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has returned a negative result, after he was tested for coronavirus yesterday.

He was made to get tested after his economic update to Parliament, which was interrupted by a massive coughing fit.

Mr Frydenberg said it was only due to a dry mouth in a statement following the sitting, but was advised to get tested anyway.


He spent the rest of the day and overnight in isolation pending the results.

EARLIER @ May 12 | Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is being tested for COVID-19 after suffering a massive coughing fit in the middle of a major economic speech to Federal Parliament.

Mr Frydenberg was forced to stop his speech and take several sips of water while he composed himself.

“Too long a speech,” Mr Frydenberg joked at the time.

The Treasurer’s voice was clearly strained as he attempted several times to restart his address.

In a statement, Mr Frydenberg said he had a dry mouth and cough and sought advice from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer after his speech was over.

“The DCMO advised me that out of an abundance of caution it was prudent that I be tested for COVID-19.

“Following the receipt of this advice, I immediately left Parliament House to be tested and will await the result in isolation.”

The result of his test is expected tomorrow.

WATCH: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg suffers coughing fit during Parliament speech


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I would have thought they all would have been tested before sitting in parliament. Shouldn’t everybody else that was in the room or have had contact with him be tested and be isolated too? Does he have the app on his phone? What’s wrong with these people. Practice what you preach.