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Health minister Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Courtesy photo

Coronavirus: UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries Tests Positive

posted onMarch 11, 2020


UK Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Ms Dorries said she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out and has been self-isolating at home. The Department of Health said she first showed symptoms on Thursday - the same day she attended a Downing Street event hosted by the prime minister.

A sixth person died from the virus on Tuesday in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases. The latest person to die was a man in his early 80s who had underlying health conditions.

The Bank of England has announced an emergency cut in interest rates in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Rates have been cut from 0.75% to 0.25%, taking the cost of borrowing back down to the lowest level in history.

Meanwhile, Manchester City's Premier League match against Arsenal on Wednesday has been postponed as "a precautionary measure" because of the outbreak. A number of Arsenal players are in self-isolation after coming into contact with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who tested positive for the virus.

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