Health minister Nadine Dorries, who was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this week, says her – year-old mother has now also tested positive.
The Mid Bedfordshire MP confirmed the news in a post on Twitter on Friday, saying her mother is “a pre-war baby” and is “doing ok”.
“Made of strong stuff,” Ms Dorries added.
Ms Dorries announced earlier this week that she had contracted the disease and that a member of her staff was ill.
Cabinet Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said on Friday that she has tested negative for the virus, but will stay at home for seven days as a precaution after coming into contact with Ms Dorries.
Meanwhile, the wife of MP Andrew Bridgen publicly criticized Ms Dorries for not informing health officials of contact with her husband.
Nevena Bridgen, a Serbian opera singer, claimed her baby and 90 – year-old mother had now been “jeopardized”.
Ms Dorries dismissed Mrs Bridgen’s accusations, posting on Twitter: “Because, I did not sit next to your husband.
The government and MPs have resisted suggestions that parliament should shut down in order to limit the spread of the virus.
But on Friday evening, it was announced that new restrictions are being imposed on visitor access to the Palace of Westminster.
Overseas travel by MPs and peers is also being strongly discouraged to keep parliament functioning during the global crisis.
Commercial tours are being cancelled, MPs, peers and other passholders will also be discouraged from bringing guests into the estate for social visits, and mass lobbies by campaign groups will be banned .
Members of the public will still be able to watch debates and attend select committee hearings.
MPs, peers, parliamentary staff and other members of the “parliamentary community” will continue to be able to work on the estate where necessary.
On Friday, a patient in Scotland died after testing positive for coronavirus – (the the country first fatality linked to the disease.
Their death brings the total number of people with COVID – to have died across the UK to