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Coronavirus UK: Labor MP Yasmin Qureshi in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19


Labor MP Yasmin Qureshi said she was hospitalized with pneumonia after testing positive for Covid-19

A Greater Manchester Labor MP was hospitalized with pneumonia after testing positive for coronavirus.

Married Yasmin Qureshi, 57, who represents Bolton South East, started feeling uncomfortable two weeks ago before the test.

The Shadow Secretary for International Development, a former Crown Prosecution Service attorney, said she and her family were self-isolating at home, but felt much worse ten days later and went to Royal Bolton Hospital on Saturday.

Ms. Qureshi, whose husband Nadeem Ashraf works for her as a clerk and administrative officer, added that she was “very well looked after” and praised the “wonderful staff” at the hospital.

She said, “Two weeks ago I started feeling uncomfortable. I then tested positive for Covid-19, so my family and I immediately self-isolated at home. I didn't travel to Westminster or anywhere else.

The shadow minister for international development announced the news in a Facebook statement

The shadow minister for international development revealed the news in a Facebook statement

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted that his thoughts are with my friend Yasmin Qureshi.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted that his thoughts are with my friend Yasmin Qureshi.

“I kept working remotely as best I could, attending virtual meetings and doing case work, but after ten days I felt a lot worse and on Saturday I was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital with pneumonia.

“I am very well looked after and have nothing but praise and admiration for the wonderful staff at the hospital.

“You have been amazing throughout the process and I would like to thank everyone who works here under such difficult circumstances.

"Although I am currently in the hospital, my staff continues to work as usual. If you have any issues that you need help with, please contact the office at qureshiy2@parliament.uk."

The seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases in Greater Manchester has been falling in recent days

The seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases in Greater Manchester has been falling in recent days

MP who was an attorney for the UN mission

Yasmin Qureshi was born in Gujrat City, Pakistan, before moving to the UK with her family when she was only nine years old.

She joined the Labor Party at 16 and went to university at 18 before later earning a Masters of Laws from University College London.

She joined the Crown Prosecutor's office as an in-house criminal prosecution attorney.

In 2000, she joined the UN mission in Kosovo as the coordinator of the criminal justice department dealing with issues such as human trafficking and domestic violence.

She was elected MP for Bolton South East in the May 2010 general election and has been re-elected by her constituents since then.

Her husband, Nadeem Ashraf, works for her as a clerk and administrative officer.

She was made shadow minister for international development when Keir Starmer became Labor leader.

A little over a month ago, she warned some people not to take the pandemic seriously enough, believing it was a joke.

She said to The Manc, “They really think it's some kind of conspiracy.

“A lot of them don't understand the rules either, so there are a lot of people who just don't follow them – they think it's a way of somehow controlling them.

& # 39; It's very dangerous. There is a lot of confusion about the virus in the region.

"There are a lot of people now who don't believe it's true."

After the news of her illness broke out, union leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “My thoughts are with my friend Yasmin Qureshi, who was hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

"My thanks go to the staff caring for Yasmin at the Royal Bolton Hospital and to the NHS staff across the country who are on the forefront of Covid-19."

It comes as the controversy over Greater Manchester's coronavirus status will end in a matter of days – either with a deal that could raise tens of millions of additional funds for the region or with Westminster imposing severe restrictions.

Greater Manchester leaders have refused to move into Tier 3, where pubs and bars should close as part of a package of tough measures, but community secretary Robert Jenrick said it was time for "decisive action".

He said the region had been offered a range of support services, including "more resources for local government," increased involvement in contact tracing and the possible use of the military in support of local authorities.

Ms. Qureshi was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital (above) with pneumonia on Saturday

Ms. Qureshi was admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital (above) with pneumonia on Saturday

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pushed for a Commons vote to overcome the "dead end".

Senior Conservatives, including influential 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, have assisted the Greater Manchester Mayor in fighting Tier 3 for the region.

Calling on MPs to help workers and businesses hit by the toughest restrictions by having an urgent debate this week, Mr Burnham warned, "This is not just a Greater Manchester problem."

Mr Jenrick said there had been "productive" negotiations with Greater Manchester but Monday's talks would be the "final discussions".

The Liverpool metropolitan area has received a £ 44 million package as part of its Tier 3 measures, but Greater Manchester would like more support – including a vacation program that pays 80% of wages for affected workers.

According to Treasury Department sources, Chancellor Rishi Sunak would not stand in the way of a deal, but he would not give in to Mr Burnham's call for a return to the 80 percent vacation program for people whose jobs must be closed.

Mr Burnham will be under renewed pressure to accept a lockdown after the Guardian reported that a leaked NHS document revealed that Greater Manchester will run out of beds to treat the critically ill with Covid-19 and that some of the 12 hospitals in the region are already full.

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