A minister in the health department of the United Kingdom has tested positive for COVID-19. British MP Nadine Dorries said in a statement on Tuesday, “I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus... and have been self-isolating at home.”
This has raised concerns about whether other senior government figures have been exposed to the virus with health officials now trying to trace where she contracted the virus and who she has been in contact with.
According to The Times, Dorries had been in touch with hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Conservative MP was amongst those who helped craft the legislation to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and is the first British politician to be diagnosed with the virus.
Six people have died in Britain from the virus, with over 370 confirmed cases in the country.