Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: MP Yasmin Qureshi discharged from hospital after treatment for COVID-19

An MP in Greater Manchester has been released from hospital after contracting coronavirus.

Yasmin Qureshi was admitted last Saturday with pneumonia, when she began to feel “much worse” having already isolated at home for 10 days with COVID-19.

After some “excellent care” from medics at Royal Bolton Hospital, the Labour MP for Bolton South East said she had been discharged.

“I am so grateful to the wonderful staff who looked after me and proud of the NHS,” she tweeted.

“I am grateful to my staff for keeping the office running in my absence and to the House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle for allowing me to still be able to vote this week.

“I am completely overwhelmed by the kind messages I have received from everyone, they meant so much.”

Ms Qureshi, who is a shadow international development minister, went into hospital just as negotiations were entering their final stage on putting tougher coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester.

Ministers said case numbers in the region were worrying, so were trying to hammer out a deal with local leaders to bring them infection rates down.

But the talks collapsed because mayor Andy Burnham said the government was not offering enough financial support to help those workers and firms affected by the move, which was expected to significantly hit hospitality companies.

In the end, the government imposed the measures and later pledged more financial support anyway.

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