Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first known UK politician to have tested positive for coronavirus.
A member of her team is also reported to have been taken ill.
Ms Dorries is self-isolating at home and has made an urgent plea to other MPs to get in touch with her if they also feel ill having recently come into contact with her, according to Sky News.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has wished Ms Dorries a “speedy recovery” during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning Downing Street said.
In a recent tweet, Ms Dorries told her 70k followers:
“Thanks for so many good wishes.
“It’s been pretty rubbish, but I hope I’m over the worst of it now.
“More worried about my 84yo mum who is staying with me and began with the cough today.
“She is being tested tomorrow. Keep safe and keep washing those hands, everyone”.
Ms Dorries, who is the minister in charge of patient safety, said in a statement that she “took all the advised precautions and have been self-isolating at home” since she was told that she had tested positive.
She added that: “Public Health England (PHE) has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice”.
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