Coronavirus: Alok Sharma tested for COVID-19 after being visibly unwell in Commons

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has been tested for coronavirus after becoming visibly unwell in the House of Commons chamber.

He was travelling home to self-isolate after he struggled during a speech at the despatch box during the second reading of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill.

It comes a day after MPs approved the government’s plan to end virtual voting in the Commons.

A spokeswoman for Mr Sharma said: “In line with guidance he has been tested for coronavirus and is returning home to self-isolate.”

During the debate, he was seen wiping his face with a handkerchief several times and his opposite number in Labour’s shadow cabinet, Ed Miliband, passed him a glass of water at one point.

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