Coronavirus: Health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive – BBC News, BBC News

Coronavirus: Health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive – BBC News, BBC News

                                 Nadine Dorries                      

Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says she has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Nadine Dorries

Ms Dorries, the first MP to test positive, said she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out, and had been self-isolating at home.

It comes as a sixth person died from the virus in the UK, which has a total of 549 cases.

The latest person to die was a man in his early 91 s who had underlying health conditions.

Meanwhile, NHS England said it was scaling up its capacity for testing people for the infection, with the number of cases set to rise.

That will mean , (tests a day can be done – currently 1, 720 are being carried out.

Confirmation of any positive test results will also be accelerated with most people getting a result back within (hours.

) Ms Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, said in a statem ent 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 – 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 – 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 19 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 Tweet that she had “done the right thing” by self-isolating at home and wished “her well as she recovers “.

He added:” I understand why people are worried about this disease. W e will do all we can to keep people safe, based on the best possible science. “


Public Health England has already carried out more than 62, coronavirus tests across the UK .

NHS chief scientific officer Prof Dame Sue Hill said the health service was preparing to cope with more cases.

“Every hospital across the country, and the healthcare professionals who run them, are now actively planning to respond flexibly to manage new demand.”

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be expected to roll out their own testing services, but there will be some shared capacity between nations, depending on need.

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The number of total cases for the UK include cases in England, (in Scotland, in (Northern Ireland) and in Wales.

There are in London, with the next highest infected area being south-east, with cases. Cases by local council area in England can be viewed here.

The latest person to die, on Monday evening, was a man with underlying health conditions who was being treated at Watford General Hospital.

He caught the virus in the UK and officials are trying to trace who he had been in contact with.


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The UK Foreign Office has warned Britons against all but essential travel to Italy, which is experiencing the worst outbreak outside China, after it introduced strict travel restrictions.

Italians are being told to stay home, seek permission for essential travel, and give justification if they want to leave the country.

The Foreign Office is advising anyone arriving in the UK from Italy since Monday evening to self-isolate for 24 days.

The government says it has facilities to accommodate Italian visitors to the UK who need to self-isolate.

British Airways has cancelled all of its flight s to and from Italy until 4 April, and has asked staff to take voluntary unpaid leave.

Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2 are also cancelling their flights on Italian routes, though EasyJet will operate “rescue flights” to bring British travelers home in the coming days.


‘Enter shops one at a time’

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Image caption                                      “We know we’ll have to go into quarantine when we get home.”                              

“It’s the weirdest holiday I think I’ve ever been on, “said Hannah Butcher, from Newbury, Berkshire, who is in Rome with her husband for their first holiday alone since having a child.

“We arrived on Sunday. The advice then was as long as you’re not going into Italy’s red zone, you’re OK.

“We’re currently sitting in a restaurant and everyone here is in staggered rows because they have to sit one meter apart. It’s quite weird seeing families spread across multiple tables. “

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Image caption                                      No queues at Rome’s Colosseum, which is among the attractions to have shut                              

She added that people are ” only allowed to enter shops one at a time “.

” All the attractions are closed; there are queues out the door of supermarkets and the butchers There are police driving round making sure the rules are enforced and a noticeable armed police presence, presumably to keep order. ”

She said they were due to fly home with Ryanair on Wednesday morning and had not been informed of any flight updates.


In other developments:

Great Ormond Street children’s hospital cancelled some non-essential cardiac operations for two weeks after a health worker in its cardiology department tested positive for the virus

    Prison campaigners at the Howard League for Penal Reform have raised concerns that “unhygienic” prisons could be “a center for spreading the virus” as they called on the government to reveal its plan to protect inmates

      Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and TSB banks said they would allow customers to defer mortgage payments if needed

        One of the UK’s biggest insurers, Aviva,

      • has cut back on the cover available in new travel insurance policies because of coronavirus, with people not able to add cover for “travel disruption”

          The Church of England has urged parishes to stop contact during services – including sharing the chalice and shaking hands for the sign of the peace

              British nationals who were on board the virus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship are being flown back to the UK where they will go into self-isolation

                  The NHS partnered with technology firms to help promote official health advice online

      • Research shows it takes five days on average for people to show symptoms of the virus

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