Coronavirus: UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries Tests Positive

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UK health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries reportedly said that she had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and had been self-isolating at home

Written By Sounak Mitra | Mumbai | Updated On:

UK health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries reportedly said that she had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. Dorries said that she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out and had been self-isolating herself at home. Dorries, who is an MP for Mid Bedfordshire, reportedly said in a statement that Public Health England had started tracing people she had contact with. The MP later tweeted "pretty rubbish but I hope I'm over the worst of it now". She also added that she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on Tuesday.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted that she had "done the right thing" by isolating herself at home and wished for her speedy recovery. He added: "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."

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383 confirmed cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has soared to 383 as the third infected patient died. UK's Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that the number of cases in the country abruptly rose by at least 62, which is the biggest recorded one-day spike since the outbreak. England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the British media that a 60-year-old man who had significant underlying health conditions contracted COVID-19 and was put under medical supervision. NHS England had confirmed that the patient had recently travelled from Italy. At least 23,513 citizens have been diagnosed in a health screening procedure across the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to chair an emergency Cobra meeting later today to decide measures to curb or delay the Coronavirus spread, confirmed reports.

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