Treasurer Josh Frydenberg Tested For COVID-19 After Coughing Outburst In Parliament

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a sign reminding people of outdoor limitations in Sydney

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a sign reminding people of outdoor limitations in Sydney

He even jokes that his speech is "too long".

Australia's treasurer struggles to get through his Covid-19 economic statement to parliament, with a tickle in his throat forcing Josh Frydenberg to cough and pause for water several times.

In a statement this afternoon Mr Frydenberg said as a matter of precaution he will isolate while he awaits test results.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other senior ministers were just metres from Frydenberg at the time.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivers a ministerial statement on the Australian economy in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on May 12, 2020 in Canberra, Australia.

Yesterday I was tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution on the advice of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

"After question time I sought the advice of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO)".

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He tweeted this morning saying he had received the test result, which said he had not been infected.

The treasurer said he "immediately left parliament house to be tested and will await the result in isolation".

Frydenberg, 48, was seen on video suffering from a lengthy coughing spell, taking breaks to sip water while he delivered an update on the country's economic state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During his statement Mr Frydenberg said it will take years to pay off the schemes that have floated thousands of Aussie workers during COVID-19.

After regaining his voice, he finished outlining the expected "biggest fall on record" for the nation's GDP, which is predicted to drop over 10 per cent in the June quarter.

"At $50 billion, this is a loss equivalent to the total quarterly production of South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT".

Earlier, Frydenberg had forecast unemployment would double to 10%.

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