Coronavirus: Health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive and self-isolates

Officials are trying to trace everyone she met after going to a reception with the PM the day before she felt ill

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 Nadine Dorries is a health minister who tested positive for coronavirus this evening.

Health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating.

She is the first MP in the UK to be diagnosed with COVID-19, as the virus spread further on Tuesday.

sixth person in the UK has died and the total number of confirmed cases is 382 – up by 54 in the last day.

Coronavirus: The infection numbers in realtime

Coronavirus: The infection numbers in realtime

In a statement, the minister in charge of patient safety 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.

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

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