Britain’s health minister, Nadine Dorres, has tested positive for coronavirus, BBC reports.
Dorres, in a statement, said she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out she contracted the virus and has been self-isolating at home.
The 62-year-old minister, who is the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, 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.”
According to the department of health, Dorres said the symptoms started showing on Thursday, the day she attended a Downing Street event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
She, however, said she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on Tuesday.
All health ministers and those who have been in contact with her are to undergo testing for coronavirus.
The UK now has a total of 382 confirmed cases with six deaths recorded so far.
Dame Hill, National Health Service chief scientific officer, said the service is preparing to expand the number of people it can test daily as it has already carried out more than 25,000 tests across the country.
“About 1500 people are being tested daily but it would be increased to 10,000. Confirmation of any positive test results will also be accelerated within 24 hours,” she said.