United Kingdom’s Health Minister and Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Nadine Dorries has said that she has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Dorries is the 1st MP in the UK who has been tested positive to COVID-19.
Dorries said that after finding out that she is infected with Coronavirus, she took all the advised precautionary measures and had kept herself in her home under self-isolation, said a report by BBC on Wednesday.
In the UK, a total of 6 people have lost their lives because of Coronavirus out of 382 confirmed cases. The 6th person was an elderly man in his 80s who has underlying health conditions.
The General Physicians (GPs) are warning that due to the rise in the cases of COVID-19, the routine appointments at surgeries may have to be stopped.
The British Medical Association have said that the routine monitoring of long term health conditions may have to be kept on hold so that the GPs can “focus on the sickest patients”.
The MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Dorries, issued a statement which also said that the Public Health England had started tracing the people she had contacted and the department and her parliamentary officer are following this advice.
She tweeted “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,”.
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
It is still unknown of the meetings Dorries attended in her constituency or at Westminister in the past week, however, it is known that last Thursday, she attended a Downing Street reception which was hosted by Boris Johnson.
Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock tweets after hearing about Nadine Dorries’ Coronavius news saying “Really sorry to hear Nadine has tested positive for coronavirus. She has done the right thing by self isolating at home,”.
2/2: I understand why people are worried about this disease. We will do all we can to keep people safe, based on the best possible science.— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) March 10, 2020
In another tweet, he said, “I understand why people are worried about this disease. We will do all we can to keep people safe,”.