Mid Bedfordshire MP and health minister, Nadine Dorries has announced she’s been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).
She is the first MP to test positive for the virus and has self-isolated, following medical advice.
Ms Dorries has potentially come into contact with hundreds of people this week, prior to the diagnosis, including the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his pregnant girlfriend.
According to The Times, Ms Dorries held a surgery in her constituency on Saturday, where she met around 50 members of the public.
In a statement, Ms Dorries said, “I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus.
“Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice.”
Health secretary, Matt Hancock, tweeted,“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.
“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.”
There have now been a total of 382 cases of the coronavirus in the UK and six confirmed deaths.