UK’s Health Minister, Nadine Dorries, who fell ill on Friday, March 7, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Dorries has been self-isolating at home since receiving the diagnosis. She is the first Member of Parliament to be diagnosed with coronavirus, prompting concerns about the potential spread of the illness at Westminster and even at Downing Street where she attended a reception last week.
In a statement released by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), it is understood that the Conservative MP is recovering.
The statement reads in part: “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 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.”