Britain’s health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first Member of Parliament to be diagnosed with coronavirus.
The under-secretary of State for Health and Social Care said in a statement that she has been self-isolating at home after testing positive and her parliamentary office has closed following advice from Public Health England.
According to the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care, 62-year-old Dorries first exhibited symptoms last Thursday, the same day she attended a Downing Street event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to mark International Women’s Day.
However, authorities are yet to comment on whether Johnson had undergone testing for Covid-19 or whether he will now be tested.
Officials have been seeking to identify the names of everyone with whom Ms Dorries has come into contact in recent days.
The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to 382 and six people have died of the virus.