Manchester MP Yasmin Qureshi in hospital after positive coronavirus test

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Greater Manchester MP Yasmin Qureshi is in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Bolton South East MP said on Facebook she was admitted to hospital on Saturday with pneumonia.

She said she first began to feel unwell two weeks ago and tested positive for the virus, so self-isolated at home with her family.

It comes as Greater Manchester remains in a stand-off with the Government over being moved into a Tier 3 lockdown.

Ms Qureshi, who is Labour’s Shadow International Development Minister, insisted she has not travelled to Westminster or “anywhere else”.

She has represented Bolton South East since 2010.

In a Facebook post, she said she carried on working remotely but began to “feel much worse” after 10 days.

This led to her being admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital on Saturday where she says she is being “very well looked after”.

She wrote: "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.

"Although I am currently in hospital, my staff are continuing to work as normal – if you have any issues that you need help with, please get in touch by contacting the office."

She added on Twitter: "Thank you for all the kind wishes.

"I would like to reiterate my thanks to the hospital staff for the care I am receiving."

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The area’s local leaders have been locked in talks for days over tougher restrictions for Greater Manchester.

They are calling for more financial support before agreeing to move into the ‘very high’ Tier 3 alert level – which would force some businesses to close.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick claimed further delays will put “lives at risk”.

He said: “We do now need to take action.

“I hope that we can reach agreement but one way or another, we need to draw this to a conclusion.”

Mayor Andy Burnham said he was holding out for ministers to pledge more help for workers and companies affected by a move to Tier 3.

He told Sky News he is "not just going to roll over at the sight of a cheque”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Friday he “might need to intervene” if new measures are not agreed.

The political wrangling comes amid reports Greater Manchester’s hospitals are at risk of running out of beds.

A leaked document is said to show Salford, Stockport and Bolton all have hospitals at maximum capacity.

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