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BREAKING NEWS: British health minister tests positive The British health minister who has met hundreds of people in parliament in the past week and attended a reception at No 10 with Boris Johnson has been diagnosed with coronavirus, The Times reports. Nadine Dorries, who played a role in drawing up legislation to tackle coronavirus, fell ill on Friday last week and her diagnosis was confirmed on Wednesday. She is now in isolation and understood to be recovering. "Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice," she said in a statement. It comes as a sixth person died from the virus in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases.
The disclosure will raise concerns about whether Parliament needs to be curtailed. Earlier this week the parliamentary authorities decided against taking action to either restrict access to parliament or close it down. Mr Hancock said it should stay open because scrutiny is "incredibly important" during the outbreak.
BBC: Ms Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, said in a statement that Public Health England had started tracing people she had had contact with, and the department and her parliamentary office were closely following its advice.
The 62-year-old, who began her career as a nurse, later tweeted that it had been "pretty rubbish but I hope I'm over the worst of it now".
But she added she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on Tuesday.
It is not known how many meetings Ms Dorries had attended at Westminster or in her constituency in recent days.
The Department of Health said she first showed symptoms on Thursday - the same day she attended a Downing Street event hosted by the prime minister - and had been self-isolating since Friday.
No 10 did not comment on whether Boris Johnson had undergone testing, or whether he will now be tested.
All health ministers, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock, are to undergo testing for the virus, along with other officials who have come into contact with Ms Dorries.
Mr Hancock tweeted that she had "done the right thing" by self-isolating at home and wished "her well as she recovers".
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