South Ribble MP Katherine Fletcher self-isolating after attending meeting with Prime Minister

South Ribble MP Katherine Fletcher is self-isolating after attending a meeting with the Prime Minister where a fellow MP contracted COVID-19.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 3:30 pm

The MP for South Ribble said she has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a work meeting in Downing Street with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week.

She said she will now follow Government guidance and self-isolate at home in Lancashire for the next 14 days.

Ms Fletcher said: "I have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a work meeting in 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister last week.

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"I will now self-isolate at home in Lancashire in line with the rules."

Ms Fletcher met with residents of the Penwortham Residential Park Association yesterday (Sunday, November 15), before being notified of her potential exposure to the virus later that evening.

This morning (Monday, November 16), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had been advised to self-isolate after attending the same 35-minute meeting as Ms Fletcher.

Posting a video on Twitter, the Prime Minister - who tested positive for coronavirus in April - said he does not have any symptoms at this stage.

South Ribble MP Katherine Fletcher is self-isolating after attending a Downing Street meeting with the Prime Minister and a colleague who has since tested positive for Covid-19

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Both the Prime Minister and Ms Fletcher were among a small number of MPs who had gathered for a meeting at Downing Street last Thursday (November 12).

Lee Anderson, MP for the Nottinghamshire district of Ashfield, also attended the meeting and has since tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Anderson said on Facebook that he began experiencing symptoms on Friday and, after being tested on Saturday, received a positive result on Sunday morning.

On Thursday, Mr Anderson posted a picture of himself with the Prime Minister after the breakfast meeting in Downing Street – neither were wearing face coverings and appeared to be less than two metres apart.

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