UK Health Minister, Nadine Dorries, Tested Positive For Covid-19
Health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) and is self-isolating.
She is the first MP in the UK to be diagnosed with COVID-19, as the virus spread further on Tuesday.
A sixth person in the country has died and the total number of confirmed cases is 382 – up by 54 in the last day.
Ms Dorries, the minister in charge of patient safety, said in a statement: “I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus.
“As soon as I was informed I took all the advised precautions and have been self-isolating at home.
“Public Health England (PHE) has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice.
“I would like to thank PHE and the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support.”
She added in a tweet: “It’s been pretty rubbish but I hope I’m over the worst of it now. More worried about my 84yo mum who is staying with me and began with the cough today. She is being tested tomorrow.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “really sorry” to hear the news but that “she has done the right thing by self-isolating at home”.