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Ministers will not have to undergo coronavirus tests despite MP Nadine Dorries catching virus

MINISTERS will not be made to undergo testing for coronavirus, the government said today, despite Tory Health Minister Nadine Dorries becoming the first MP to be diagnosed with the illness.

The Mid Bedfordshire MP said she first experienced symptoms last Friday. She had met Prime Minister Boris Johnson the day before at a Downing Street event.

It is claimed that the PM had no close contact with her and has no symptoms, meaning that he will not need to take a test.

Ms Dorries held a surgery for her constituents on Friday morning that was attended by up to 12 people. Details of those who attended have been passed to the NHS.

Public Health England (PHE) said it had assessed the risk of Ms Dorries’s individual close contacts and that only those people with symptoms needed to self-isolate.

Labour MP for York Central Rachael Maskell said she was self-isolating on NHS advice following a meeting with Ms Dorries last Thursday.

A Conservative MP confirmed that Ms Dorries had sent a message to the Tory WhatsApp group revealing that a member of her staff was ill.

Ms Dorries’s Commons office remains closed on PHE advice.


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