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MP for Bolton in Greater Manchester taken to hospital with coronavirus


A Greater Manchester MP, Yasmin Qureshi, has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

The Labour shadow minister, who represents Bolton South East in parliament, started showing COVID-19 symptoms two weeks ago and self-isolated.

But she revealed that on Saturday she was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital with pneumonia, as a stand-off remains over new restrictions being placed on the region.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  People make their way to work past an electronic Covid-19 warning sign advises people entering Manchester city centre on October 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester's leaders including Mayor Andy Burnham will want better financial arrangements for workers affected before they agree for the region to be moved into a Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In a statement released on Monday, Ms Qureshi 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.


A&E Dept at The Royal Bolton Hospital. File pic
Image: The MP is being treated at Royal Bolton Hospital

"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.

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"They have been amazing throughout the process and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone working here in such difficult circumstances."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said his "thoughts are with my friend" Ms Qureshi and thanked medics caring for her as well as "NHS staff across the country who are on the frontline against COVID-19".

It comes as talks continue between local leaders in the area and the government about putting Greater Manchester into Tier 3 – England's highest coronavirus alert level.

The move is being resisted by figures like mayor Andy Burnham, who says ministers also need to offer more financial support for workers and businesses who would be hit by the new restrictions.

But Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick insisted a deal needed to be reached by the end of Tuesday or measures may have to be imposed "to protect the NHS and bear down on the virus".

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Sky News has also learnt that some of the area's 12 hospitals are running out of beds to treat patients with coronavirus.

Figures from the from the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network showed the Stepping Hill Hospital and the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust were operating at full capacity.

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