Health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and fears for Boris Johnson’s health have been sparked after she attended an event hosted by the Prime Minister at No 10 last week on Wednesday.
Ms Dorries is understood to have fallen ill on Friday and then over the weekend, the “classic symptoms” of the disease emerged.
The health minister is now “self-isolating”.
The health minister in a statement said: “I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus. As soon as I was informed I took all the advised precautions and have been self-isolating at home.
“Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice.
“I would like to thank PHE and the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “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. I understand why people are worried about this disease.
“We will do all we can to keep people safe, based on the best possible science.”
More to follow.