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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi hospitalised with pneumonia after testing positive for COVID

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It comes amid a row over Greater Manchester’s coronavirus status which will end within days either with a deal which could see tens of millions of extra funding for the region or with the imposition of harsh restrictions from Westminster.

In a statement, the MP said today: “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.

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“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.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said on Twitter: “My thoughts are with my friend @YasminQureshiMP who has been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

“My thanks go to the staff caring for Yasmin at the Royal Bolton Hospital, along with NHS staff across the country who are on the frontline against COVID-19.”

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, said: “Sending my very best wishes to @YasminQureshiMP.

“I know the care she will be receiving from NHS staff will be excellent as always. We all look forward to seeing her recover from this virus and back in the Commons soon.”

Greater Manchester’s leaders led by Mayor Andy Burnham have resisted moving into Tier 3, which would see pubs and bars ordered to close as part of a package of strict measures, but Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was time for “decisive action”.

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

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Mr Jenrick told Sky News: “The number of cases is rising and the pressure on some of the hospitals in Greater Manchester is there for all to see.”

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Mr Burnham turned to Westminster to help break the deadlock, writing to party leaders to warn that “most places” will end up in Tier 3 at some point before a vaccine is rolled out.

He said “clear national entitlements” similar to during the first lockdown are essential to create the “sense of fairness” to ensure compliance with new restrictions.

But Cllr Sean Fielding, one of the local authority chiefs in Greater Manchester, said the row was not just about money but whether being placed in the “very high” alert category would actually have an impact on the number of coronavirus cases.

The Labour politician told Today: “This is about doing the right thing to bring the virus back under control and relieve pressure on the NHS.

“But if the Government does want to impose measures on Greater Manchester that are not with the support of their scientific advisers, then we will not allow our residents and businesses to be left financially worse off by the imposition of these untested measures.”

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