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British health minister tests positive for coronavirus, met PM Boris Johnson last week

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 issued through the UK's health department

twitter-logoReuters | March 11, 2020 | Updated 09:07 IST
British health minister tests positive for coronavirus, met PM Boris Johnson last week
Dorries met hundreds of people in Parliament in the past week

British junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, she said on Tuesday. Dorries said she took all the advised precautions as soon as she was told of her diagnosis. 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 issued through the UK's health department.

The Times reported that Dorries met hundreds of people in Parliament in the past week and attended a reception with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Britain's health minister, Matt Hancock, tweeted that he was really sorry to hear of Dorries' diagnosis. She has done the right thing by self-isolating at home, he said. Earlier on Tuesday, the death toll in the United Kingdom from the coronavirus outbreak rose to six, British health officials said. The health ministry also said the number of people who had tested positive for the virus had risen to 373 from 319.

Also read: Coronavirus Live Updates: Number rises to 50 as new cases emerge from Bengaluru, Pune, Kerala

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