NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole tests positive for COVID-19


NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr Toole says he has very minor symptoms, including a sore throat and a temperature.

In a statement posted to social media on Sunday night, Mr Toole said he had already been in isolation after members of his family contracted the virus.

"It's been a long week in our house, with my oldest daughter getting COVID-19 at the start of the week, followed by my wife and youngest daughter, and then my son," he said.

"Today my results have come back and I have tested positive too.

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole posted a photograph of him working from home on Sunday.(Supplied)

"Fortunately I have very minor symptoms including a sore throat and a little bit of a temperature from time to time."

The Nationals MP said case numbers were expected to rise before a peak in late January.

"Let's remember to respect our health workers out there who are working around the clock to keep us all safe," he said.

"At least the dog's still happy to see me whilst we're working together in the backyard."

There were 30,062 cases announced on Sunday.

It was NSW's deadliest day since the pandemic began, with 16 deaths recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday night.

On Saturday, NSW Governor Margaret Beazley and her husband had also tested positive for the virus.

NSW has introduced isolation exemptions for critical workers in the food logistics and manufacturing sectors as staff shortages cripple supply chains.

Staff who are asymptomatic close contacts may attend work if employers deem their absence poses a high risk of disruption to critical services.

The exemptions are similar to those in place for health workers and apply to fields including agriculture, manufacturing, transport, postal, warehousing and emergency services.

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news



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