Australia’s Governor General has joined the group of senior Australian officials who have tested positive for the CCP virus, the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government House confirmed on Sunday evening that Governor General David Hurley had tested positive for COVID-19.

“His Excellency has only mild symptoms,” a statement read. “He is in isolation at Admiralty House and will continue to follow all health advice and instructions.”

The Governor General received three injections of the COVID vaccine, including a booster. He will continue his work in isolation.

Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) Deputy Premier Paul Toole has also tested positive for the virus.

Toole, the MP for Bathurst, announced the news on social media, revealing that his wife and three children had already contracted the virus last week.

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley and Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House on December 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Mick Tsikas – Pool/Getty Images)

“Today my results came back and I also tested positive,” he said. job on Facebook Sunday evening. “Fortunately, I have very minor symptoms including a sore throat and a bit of a temperature from time to time.”

“While I was isolated during the week because I was a close family contact… I now have to do another seven days from my test.”

It comes as NSW recorded its deadliest day on Monday with 18 new deaths, including a young child.

The state checked in 2,030 people in hospital, an increase of 103. Of these, 158 are in intensive care, an increase of eight from the previous day.

A total of 20,293 new infections were reported from PCR lab tests. However, the online system for reporting rapid antigen test (RAT) results is not yet available in the state until mid-week.

The two are among the latest high-profile political figures to test positive for COVID amid Omicron’s escape to Australia.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gestures during a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) at the White House in Washington on February 23, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/File Photo via Reuters)

“Like hundreds of thousands of other Australians, I have tested positive for COVID. Moderate symptoms so far. Isolate as needed,” Turnbull wrote in a Twitter post.

“This pandemic and especially this latest wave has put our healthcare professionals under tremendous pressure – be polite and considerate…”

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg also announced that he tested positive for the new coronavirus on Friday evening.

“Like thousands of Australians, I tested positive for COVID-19 today,” he said. wrote in a Twitter post. “I have the common symptoms and am isolating myself with my family.”

“My thoughts are with everyone who has COVID – it’s a tough time, but we’ll get through it.”

Epoch Times staff in Sydney