Second MP Kate Osborne diagnosed with coronavirus and in self-isolation

A SECOND MP has today revealed they have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Labour’s Kate Osborne said this morning she had been tested for the deadly bug, and had been self-isolating from the community.

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 Kate Osborne MP has tested positive for coronavirus


Kate Osborne MP has tested positive for coronavirusCredit: Alamy Live News

She tweeted earlier today: “I have been diagnosed with Coronavirus (#covidー19uk) following a period of self isolation and subsequent testing.

“I will continue to self isolate until I have fought off the illness, but in the mean time I would encourage everyone to band together and support the most vulnerable in our communities.”

The MP for Jarrow told followers to stay at home for seven days if they have a high temperature or a new cough, after Government advice was ramped up last week.

But she stressed her office was still open if anyone needed help, and urged constituents to contact her staff instead.

It comes just a week after Health Minister Nadine Dorries revealed she had caught it – the first MP in Westminster to test positive.

She also revealed she had given it to her elderly mum too.

Speaking days after it was confirmed she has caught the deadly disease, she told the nation that they should “regard everything you touch outside the home as being contaminated”.

 Health Minister Nadine Dorries has contracted coronavirus


Health Minister Nadine Dorries has contracted coronavirusCredit: DoH

Ms Dorries, 62, wrote in the Sunday Times yesterday: “The elderly are the most at risk and the most vulnerable.

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“Regard everything you touch outside the home as being contaminated: every lift button, shopping-trolley handle, wait-button on a zebra crossing — and every cup in a cafe.

“Wash your hands for 20 seconds.

“Carry hand-sanitiser and use it over and over. Resist the urge to hug or shake hands with anyone.”

She is one of several MPs currently self-isolating, with fears growing for how rife the disease is in Westminster.




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