Governor General David Hurley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in segregation at his Sydney residence.
A Government House statement said General Hurley “was only experiencing mild symptoms.”
“He is in isolation at Admiralty House and will continue to follow all health advice and instructions,” the statement said.
“Recent close contacts have been notified. His Excellency is doubly vaccinated and has received his booster.
“His Excellency will perform his official duties virtually while in isolation. “
It is not known how long the former Chief of Defense Force had been in Sydney.
Last year, General Hurley sent a categorical message to Australians regarding the vaccination, saying they could either receive the vaccine or face the consequences of serious illness.
“Vaccination is the way forward for us, to get out of where we are right now. Otherwise, we are entering a cycle that none of us want to be in, ”he said.
“If people don’t want to be vaccinated, that’s their decision, but they need to be aware that if there are consequences to that decision, they are responsible for them. It’s a personal decision, but with it comes a consequence – poor health for you and harm to the rest of the community.