A conservative official who is responsible for protecting and promoting public health tested positive for a deadly Asian disease on March 10.
Nadine Dorries is officially the first member of Britain’s Parliament to contract the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19.) The health minister for patient safety, suicide prevention, and mental health revealed her symptoms are worsening and could be contagious.
“It has been pretty rubbish but I hope I am over the worst of it now,” she said on Twitter. “[I am] more worried about my 84-year-old mum, who is staying with me and began with the cough today. She is being tested tomorrow.”
Her update went viral on social media and attracted a wave of wishes for the former nurse and her mother to get well soon, including her colleague Matt Hancock.
“Really sorry to hear Nadine has tested positive for coronavirus,” the secretary of state for health and social care said on Twitter. “We all wish her well as she recovers.”
He claimed Dorries became ill even though she took all the necessary disease prevention steps and had isolated herself at home.
“She has done the right thing by self-isolating at home, and both NHS (National Health Service) and PHE (Public Health England) staff have been brilliant,” he said.
Hancock urged the general public not to panic since the disease control measures were still delaying the full impact of COVID-19.
“I understand why people are worried about this disease,” he said on Twitter. “We will do all we can to keep people safe, based on the best possible science.”
Dorries thanked everyone, who took the time to send their best wishes for a speedy recovery, and urged everyone to do their best to slow down the transmission of COVID-19.
“Thanks for so many good wishes,” she said. “Keep safe and keep washing those hands, everyone.”
The disease has claimed six lives and infected at least 373 people according to the United Kingdom government website. The latest victim was widely reported to be an elderly man aged in his early 80s with existing medical conditions.
The NHS is responding to the growing number of cases by increasing its ability to test people for COVID-19. Each day the authority can perform 1,500 tests and this is hoped to ramp up to 10,000 daily according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Any patients who test positive to COVID-19 will be prioritized to make sure they receive the result within 24 hours.