Denton MP Andrew Gwynne has confirmed that he is self-isolating from home after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
The MP says he has "no idea" whether he has contracted coronavirus or not but will remain in self-isolation for the advised period of time or until the symptoms have disappeared.
The 45-year-old said in a statement: "I started experiencing very mild flu-like symptoms on Friday morning and immediately contacted NHS111 as a precaution. Their advice was for me to self-isolate at home, including from the rest of my family, which is what I have done, and am continuing to do so.
"My flu-like respiratory symptoms have worsened slightly as time has gone on. I still have no idea whether this is Covid-19 or just a bit of a cold as there is no routine testing being done. I will remain in self-isolation until either the 7-day period* (14 days following the latest advice) or until all symptoms are gone (if longer). The rest of my family remain well and are not in contact with me."
Mr Gwynne says his constituency office is still open, although all of his surgery cases will be dealt with by phone, video link or email until further notice.
Denton residents who wish to get in touch with the MP can do so by calling 0161 320 1504 or emailing GwynneA@parliament.uk.
Anybody showing signs – however mild – of a temperature, new dry cough or wheeziness, should self-isolate. Call NHS 111 immediately for advice if you’re experiencing severe symptoms. People should also maintain good hand-washing practices to avoid spreading the virus.