Coronavirus: Sheffield MP Olivia Blake self isolating after displaying COVID-19 symptoms

Sheffield MP Olivia Blake has announced she is self isolating and has cancelled all appointments after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 12:19 pm
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 1:39 pm

Ms Blake, 30, the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam, broke the news to constituents on Twitter.

She wrote: “I’m sorry to say that I am suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and therefore I will be self-isolating.

“I have cancelled all meetings and public engagements for at least the next week.”

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Sheffield MP Olivia Blake.

Formerly a Sheffield councillor for Walkley, Ms Blake succeeded Jared O’Mara as the MP for Hallam at December’s General Election.

There have been three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sheffield, with three others across South Yorkshire – two in Barnsley and one in Rotherham.

A number of patients with the deadly bug are currently being treated for coronavirus at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Earlier this month, fellow Sheffield Labour MP Louise Haigh announced that she would be stopping shaking hands over coronavirus fears.

There have been 590 reported cases in Britain so far, with ten reported deaths.

Globally, there have been nearly 120,000 cases with nearly 5,000 reported deaths.

Fresh Government advice, issued yesterday, advises anyone with a new, persistent cough or a high fever to stay at home and self isolate for seven days.

Patients are being advised not to call the NHS on 111 anymore but to use the NHS website for details on self isolation and should only call 111 if symptoms do not improve or they feel unable to cope at home.