British health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive for coronavirus

British health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive for coronavirus
It is not known yet how many meetings Ms Dorries had attended in her constituency and at Westminister in recent days. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times, London: UK health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The minister said she has been self-isolating at home.

Labour MP Rachael Maskell, who had met Ms Dorries is asked to do the same.

According to the Department of Health, Nadine Dorries first showed symptoms on Thursday, the same day she had attended a program hosted by prime minister Boris Johnson.

It is not known yet how many meetings Ms Dorries had attended in her constituency and at Westminister in recent days. But it is confirmed that she attended an event at Downing Street last Thursday to mark International Women’s Day.

According to Steven Dixon, chair of the Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association, she also held a surgery in her constituency on Friday morning which was attended by up to 12 people.

The details of all those who attended the surgery have been passed to the NHS.

The UK reported 382 coronavirus cases so far with six deaths.

The latest person died was an elderly man who was in his early 80s and had underlying health conditions.

A 53-year-old British woman became the first person with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, to die in Indonesia, according to local media reports.

The woman was critically ill with multiple health conditions. So it is not clear she died only due to the virus or not.

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is “supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Indonesia and is in contact with local authorities”.

The government is unveiling its first budget amid growing fears that coronavirus will impact on the UK economy.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged the NHS will get “whatever resources it needs” during the crisis, while he is also expected to unveil measures to boost the self-employed and small businesses who are left out of pocket.

Earlier, the Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in interest rates from 0.75% to 0.25% in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nadine Dorries tests positive

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