Coronavirus has infected another prominent personality from the political sphere of the world. Britain’s junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Dorries released a statement through the UK’s health department.
WHAT DID DORRIES SAY?
Nadine said that following her diagnosis, she is self-isolating at home. She is also taking all the precautions she was advised to take.
Public Health England is now conducting detailed contact tracing to find people who came in contact with Dorries and were exposed to the virus. It has been reported that Nadine attended a reception where PM Boris Johnson was also present. She also met hundreds of people in the Parliament in the past week.
“The department and my parliamentary office are closely following their [PHE’s] advice,” she said in the statement.
1/2: Really sorry to hear Nadine has tested positive for coronavirus. She has done the right thing by self isolating at home, and both NHS and PHE staff have been brilliant. We all wish her well as she recovers.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) March 10, 2020
Nadine has been praised by Britain’s health minister, Matt Hancock. He tweeted to express his concern for Dorries.
WHICH OTHER POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS?
Dorries is not the only politician to have tested positive for the virus.
In the USA, two Republican members of Congress were exposed to the virus. Both of them have self-quarantined. One of these Republicans was present with President Trump aboard Air Force One.
Additionally, Trump’s newly appointed chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has also put himself into isolation. Meadows came into contact with the same infected attendee as the other two congressmen at a conference.
Furthermore, multiple politicians from Iran have become victims of the virus.
As reported by state news agency Fars, Hossein Sheikholeslam died on Thursday because of the COVID-19 virus. Sheikholeslam was a senior politician and former ambassador to Syria. Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, and an MP have also tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Additionally, Reza Rahmani also tested positive for the virus, as reported by a local website on March 4th. Rahmani is Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mines and Business, and has since recovered from the virus.
8% of Iran’s parliament has been infected with the disease, including the deputy health minister and one of the vice presidents, according to CNN.