Bolton MP admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

A Bolton MP has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 19th October 2020, 12:06 pm

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, is currently being treated at Royal Bolton Hospital following a two-week battle with coronavirus.

In a Facebook update this morning, Mrs Qureshi, 57, said she is being treated for pneumonia after the virus caused severe inflammation on her lungs.

She had previously been self-isolating at home with her family since testing positive two weeks ago.

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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."

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia after a two-week battle with COVID-19. Pic credit: UK Parliament

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has shared his concern for Mrs Qureshi and has wished her a speedy recovery.

He tweeted: "My thoughts are with my friend @YasminQureshiMP who has been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

"My thanks go to the staff caring for Yasmin at the Royal Bolton Hospital, along with NHS staff across the country who are on the frontline against Covid-19."