Coronavirus: Health Minister Nadine Dorries becomes first diagnosed MP in UK

The first MP in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus is Health Minister Nadine Dorries.

The Times reports Ms Dorries, 62, has met "hundreds of people" in parliament in the past week and attended a reception at No 10 hosted by Boris Johnson .

She became ill on Friday and her diagnosis was confirmed this evening.

The former I'm A Celebrity star is now in isolation and is understood to be recovering.

The identity of the individual who infected Ms Dorries is unknown, but the minister has been working in parliament and the Department of Health and Social Care for the past week.

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She also held a surgery in her constituency on Saturday which was reportedly attended by 50 people.

Officials are identifying everyone who may have had contact with her in the last week.

Ms Dorries, who represents mid-Bedfordshire in the Commons, helped to draft the government's response to the coronavirus epidemic, which is expected to peak in cases within the next fortnight.

It's unclear how much contact she had with other senior government officials before becoming unwell.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Ms Dorries "has done the right thing by self isolating at home" since her diagnosis.

A total of 382 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK so far, up from 319 on Monday, the Department of Health announced today.

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Six people in Britain have now died after contracting Covid-19.

More than 113,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with coronavirus and the death toll recently passed 4,000.

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