MP apologises for attending parliament with coronavirus symptoms

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Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier has apologised after attending parliament after developing Covid-19 symptoms and then travelling on a train following a positive test result.

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP said that she experienced “mild” symptoms last Saturday, but decided to travel to London by train on Monday after she began feeling better.

After attending parliament as planned that day, she received a positive coronavirus test result in the evening. Despite official guidance to self-isolate, she travelled home by train on the Tuesday.

In a statement, Ms Ferrier acknowledged that it was “wrong” of her both to travel to London to attend parliament and to go home by train without seeking advice.

“I apologise unreservedly for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by travelling this week when I shouldn’t have,” she said.

“There is no excuse for my actions.”

Ms Ferrier said she had notified the House of Commons authorities and the police about her actions.

“Despite feeling well, I should have self-isolated while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions,” she said.

“I take full responsibility and I would urge everyone not to make the same mistakes that I have and do all they can to help limit the spread of Covid-19.”

Official NHS guidance states that individuals should self-isolate immediately if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or have received a positive test result.

Self-isolators are told not to leave their home even to get food or medicine, not to go to work or any public place, not to use public transport, not to receive visitors apart from people providing essential care and not to exercise outside their homes or garden.

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