April 21, 2022 08:39 GMT
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The office of opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Anthony Albanese has confirmed that he has recieved a positive COVID-19 PCR test, and therefore will be self-isolating at home in Sydney for the next week.
- The positive test comes at just the wrong time for Albanese and the ALP. With the election campaign well underway ahead of the 21 May vote, being off of the campaign trail for an entire week could result in a halting of the ALP's momentum in the wake of what has been deemed a win for Albanese against PM Scott Morrison in last night's leaders debate.
- The ALP leads Morrison's centre-right Liberal/National party coalition in most first-vote opinion polls and consistently in the two-party preferred vote (although there has been a narrowing since the formal declaration of the election campaign).
- ALP looking to oust the Coalition after nine years in power. Morrison pulled off an upset in the 2019 vote, defying polls to win a narrow majority. Will look to use the next week with his opponent stuck at home to his advantage.