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Greater Manchester MP admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19

Greater Manchester MP Yasmin Qureshi has been admitted to hospital over the weekend with pneumonia, two weeks after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Labour representative for Bolton South East had been self-isolating at home with her family following a positive test, but on Saturday was admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital.

In a Facebook statement, she said: “Two weeks ago, I began to feel unwell. I then tested positive for COVID-19, so my family and I immediately self-isolated at home. I have not travelled to Westminster or anywhere else.

“I continued to work as best I could remotely, attending virtual meetings and doing casework, but after 10 days, I began to feel much worse and on Saturday I was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital with pneumonia.

“I’m being very well looked after and have nothing but praise and admiration for the wonderful staff at the hospital. They have been amazing throughout the process and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone working here in such difficult circumstances.”

The news comes as the stalemate between Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the Government over Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in Manchester continues.

Qureshi is a member of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow International Development Minister, having been the Shadow Justice Minister under Jeremy Corbyn.

The 57-year-old has held her constituency for ten years, having failed to win the Brent East seat for Labour in 2005.

At the time of her election, she was Britain’s first female Muslim MP, and the first woman to hold the Bolton South East seat.

The latest UK coronavirus figures show 16,982 new cases and 67 new deaths, taking the UK’s total death toll to 43,646.

Featured image credit: Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament 

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