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Covid-19: UK ramps up testing by 500% as health minister tests positive for virus

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 11 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1003
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

UK health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for covid-19 and is self-isolating at home—as is Labour MP Rachael Maskell, who met with Dorries. The Department of Health and Social Care said that Dorries started showing symptoms on 5 March. As of 11 March, 456 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the UK, with six deaths.

Bharat Pankhania, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, said, “The example of Nadine Dorries getting infected, developing symptoms, and then realising a few days later that she had acquired the coronavirus infection demonstrates the difficulty of controlling the spread …

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