British Health Minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus, raising concerns about the potential spread of the infection among lawmakers as she attended an event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street last week. Also Read - Trending News Today March 11, 2020: London Scientists To Pay Volunteers Rs 3 Lakh To Be Infected With Coronavirus to Help Develop a Vaccine
Dorries, 62, the first British MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus, said she has been self-isolating at home. Also Read - Arsenal-Manchester City Premier League Match Postponed After Players Exposed to Positive Coronavirus Case
“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,” she said in a statement released by the Department of Health and Social Care. Also Read - Chaos & Confusion As Italy Puts More Than 15 Million People Under Lockdown Over Coronavirus Threat
Citing the Department of Health, the BBC reported that Dorries first showed symptoms on Thursday – the day when she attended an event hosted by Prime Minister Johnson.
Dorries said that health officials had started tracing people she had been in contact with, and the department and her parliamentary office were closely following its advice.
In a tweet, she thanked people for all the good wishes and added that she was worried about her mother who is staying with her.
Six people have died in the UK due to the virus, which has so far infected 373 people in the country.
“Really sorry to hear Nadine has tested positive for coronavirus. She has done the right thing by self-isolating at home, and both NHS and PHE staff have been brilliant. We all wish her well as she recovers,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted.