Yasmin Qureshi MP in hospital with pneumonia after positive COVID test

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Labour MP said she started to feel unwell about two weeks ago and immediately self-isolated at home.

But Ms Qureshi, 57, said she was admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital on Saturday after beginning to feel “much worse.”

She said in a statement on social media: “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.”

Shadow international development minister Ms Qureshi has been one of the Greater Manchester MPs arguing against tier three restrictions being imposed in the region.

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Local leaders want better financial support before agreeing to a move to the top tier of rules, which would force some businesses to close.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has tweeted his support for Ms Qureshi, saying: “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.”

Qureshi has represented Bolton South East for a decade and was a shadow justice minister under Jeremy Corbyn from 2016 until April, when she was appointed to her current role by Keir Starmer.

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