Health minister is first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus

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Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Conservative MP confirmed she was self-isolating after testing positive, while officials were working to identify how she came into contact with the virus.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Ms Dorries said: "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.

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"I would like to thank PHE and the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support."

Health minister is first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus
Health minister is first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "really sorry" to hear she had contracted the virus.

"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," he added.