After, UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries contracted coronavirus, the next person who has been tested for the virus is UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
The deadly disease is spreading wide in Westminster and it’s alarming.
Nadine Dorries, who attended a reception with the PM and his fiancé Carrie Symonds in Downing Street last Thursday, said in a statement on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with the virus and is in self-isolation.
A government source has disclosed that Johnson would be tested, as he was displaying symptoms and had come in close contact with Dorries at an event.
Health officials are now racing to trace those who have had contact with Dorries, who has kept a busy diary of engagements in and around the UK’s political center.
“I can confirm I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” Dorries, a junior health minister, said in a statement released through the Department of Health. “As soon as I was informed I took all the advised precautions and have been self-isolating at home.”
“It’s been pretty rubbish but I hope I’m over the worst of it now,” Dorries added on Twitter. “More worried about my 84yo mum who is staying with me and began with the cough today. She is being tested tomorrow.”
Her diagnosis also raises questions about whether Britain’s Parliament will need to be temporarily shut down. Officials confirmed to CNN that there are still no plans to take such a step.
Dorries was at an International Women’s Day event in Downing Street last week alongside the Prime Minister and his partner, several other MPs and staffers.
The effort to identify all those who have been in contact with Dorries has led officials to advise another lawmaker, Labour’s Rachael Maskell, to go into self-isolation after she met with the minister.
“Thankfully I am asymptomatic. It is so important that we all follow all public health advice,” Maskell said on Twitter Wednesday.