- There is widespread fear in the UK over the outbreak and spread of coronavirus, as in all other affected countries
- This fear intensified after the country's health minister, Nadine Dorries, was reported to have been infected with the virus
- Dorries was confirmed positive for the disease on Thursday
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Nadine Dorries, the health minister of the United Kingdom (UK), disclosed that she has been infected with the coronavirus.
According to BBC, Dorries started showing symptoms of the disease on Thursday when she attended a ministerial meeting at Downing Street with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and has been in self-isolation since Friday, 6 March.
During the meeting, the minister signed documents which classed the coronavirus as a serious threat to public health.
Speaking on her health status and how she has been coping with the disease, Dorries said:
“I would like to thank the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support.”
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So far, health officials are trying to ascertain who and how many people the minister had come into contact with before she was tested for the virus.
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Meanwhile, South Africans fearing the effects of the coronavirus may be having heart palpitations as the citizens living in Wuhan will be returning to Mzansi on an ominous date – Friday the 13th.
To fund the trip and the task team on board, taxpayers will have to cough up R25 million.
President Ramaphosa has confirmed that 151 members of the defence force have been employed for the mission.
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