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Cumbria MP Tim Farron self-isolates with coronavirus symptoms

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MP Tim Farron says he is self-isolating after experiencing 'persistent' symptoms of coronavirus.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP announced on Twitter that he has had a fever and cough since Saturday, and has been advised by the NHS to isolate.

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He said: "I’ve had a fever and persistent cough since Saturday and so have been self-isolating as a precaution.

"NHS 111 have now advised that it’s likely that I do have coronavirus and so I will continue to be in self-isolation for the rest of the week."

Mr Farron wished Boris Johnson well on Tuesday after it was announced the Prime Minister had been admitted to intensive care after being diagnosed with coronavirus. A spokesperson from No 10 said Mr Johnson is "clinically stable" and in "good spirits".

Farron said: "Sending love to Boris and Carrie and continuing to hold them in prayer. Thankyou to all who are caring for those struck by this terrible virus."

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The former Liberal Democrat leader joined over 40 MPs from across the country calling for greater mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a letter to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the cross-party MPs expressed fears that government advice to stay at home will leave people “worried about coronavirus, their jobs, housing” and “anxious about their family’s health and their own.”

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