Anthony Albanese has given his first interview since going into isolation after testing positive for Covid.
“I’ve had better days, but a lot of people have had it much worse. So I am one of many millions of Australians who have been through this,” the Labor leader told ABC on Friday.
‘I just follow the health advice. I’ve been in isolation here at home in Marrickville for seven days.
“And hopefully I’ll get through it and start participating in the campaign physically rather than virtually from next week.”
Mr Albanian said he’d had “games of war” about having to go into isolation – saying it was better to happen in the first three weeks than the last few of the campaign.
But after a disastrous first few days of his campaign – including a gaffe where he failed to name the national unemployment rate – Mr Albanese admitted he was starting to gain momentum ahead of Thursday night’s PCR positive result.
“This is a long campaign and if I got Covid it would be better to have it now than in the last three weeks of the campaign,” he said.
“We will launch our campaign in Perth on May 1.
“And hopefully I’m right to do that. I take the health advice.
“I will get a lot of rest, a lot of fluids and everything else my doctor told me to do. I will definitely follow that advice.”
Mr Albanese noted that many of his Labor colleagues had also been taken out of Covid since the federal budget was handed over.
“We’ve had Jason Clare and Tony Burke and Kristina Keneally, and a bunch of people have gotten Covid,” he said.
“And I think the same thing happened on the other side as well.
“So we had messed up the process. We’ve set it up so that people come in and follow through on the agreements I made.”
Mr Albanese said Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles would represent him for Anzac Day in Darwin.
“I was really looking forward to it. It is always a special day to pay tribute to the men and women who have defended us and still do,” he said.
“So we’ll get through it. This is Australia and sadly the world in 2022.”