A UK Health Minister met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson shortly before being diagnosed with the coronavirus
A minister in Boris Johnson's government has tested positive for coronavirus. UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries said on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Dorries had reportedly met with MPs and Johnson over the past week, prior to her diagnosis. It's not yet known how Dorries contracted the virus or if she spread it to anyone else. Six people in the UK have died after catching coronavirus.
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A UK Health Minister working for Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, shortly after meeting with the prime minister, raising fears that the virus could rapidly spread through the heart of the British government. Nadine Dorries confirmed on Tuesday evening that she had caught the COVID-19 virus after The Times of London broke the news. Dorries on Tuesday night thanked well-wishers for their support and revealed that her 84-year-old mother had started showing symptoms of the virus.
Thanks for so many good wishes. 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. Keep safe and keep washing those hands, everyone. — Nadine Dorries 🇬🇧 (@NadineDorries) March 10, 2020
Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, began to feel sick on Friday and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. She's currently in isolation recovering. Dorries attended a reception with Prime Minister Johnson last Thursday and met other Members of Parliament among the hundreds of people she interacted with prior to her diagnosis, according to the Times. Officials are rapidly seeking to identify who she interacted with. A government source told the Times: "As with everything, we are being guided by the science on this. This will be treated like any other standard case. Officials are conducting the standard process of contact tracing and identifying anyone who has shown symptoms or might be at risk." Parliamentary authorities earlier this week ruled out any immediate plans to close down the UK parliament due to the coronavirus. However, plans to shut down the Houses of Parliament for up to 5 months have been considered by officials due to fears that MPs, who travel regularly from their constituencies to Westminster, would become "super-spreaders" of the virus. How Dorries contracted the virus is not yet known. "Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice," Dorries said in a statement. The UK has confirmed more than 380 coronavirus infections and six people have died as of Tuesday. A spokesperson for Johnson said they expect the virus to "spread in a significant way." The country is also seeing an increase of community spread, where someone who hasn't travelled to an affected area or interacts with a known infected person, contracts the virus. The new coronavirus causes a respiratory illness named COVID-19, which has flu-like symptoms. Experts have advised the public to practice good personal hygiene including frequent hand-washing for at least 20 second, staying home if sick, and avoiding large crowds to help protect themselves and also limit the spread of the virus.
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