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Business Secretary Alok Sharma has tested negative for coronavirus, it was confirmed tonight, saving Boris Johnson and other senior ministers from a potential fortnight in quarantine.

The Cabinet minister spent today in self-isolation and working from home after becoming visible ill in the Commons yesterday.

If he had come down with the virus, Mr Johnson and others may have had to isolate themselves under strict test and trace rules recently introduced.

But tonight a spokeswoman for Mr Sharma said: 'Business Secretary Alok Sharma has received a negative result after being tested for coronavirus yesterday.

'Mr Sharma would like to thank the parliamentary authorities and Speaker and also for the kind words from parliamentary colleagues and others who have expressed their well wishes over the last 24 hours.'

It came after furious MPs demanded Parliament sit 'virtually' again today after Mr Sharma 'sniffled, sweated and snorted' through a statement - before self-isolating for coronavirus.

In extraordinary scenes in the chamber last night, he ignored the government's own guidance as he struggled on despite repeatedly wiping his brow and blowing his nose. 

The episode sparked concerns that dozens of politicians have been at risk of infection and will now have to go into quarantine - potentially including Cabinet ministers and top officials.

Mr Sharma physically attended a 45-minute meeting with the PM and Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Tuesday. 

Before tonight's announcement was made, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had used the daily press conference to say: 'I have spoken to Alok within the last hour, he is doing fine

Before tonight's announcement was made, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had used the daily press conference to say: 'I have spoken to Alok within the last hour, he is doing fine

It also heaped pressure on Boris Johnson to reverse the controversial decision to scrap electronic voting and xn----7sbbecd2ene8ac.xn--p1ai Zoom debates, after 'farcical' scenes this week that saw hundreds of MPs 'conga' through Westminster in a mile-long socially distanced queue to take part in divisions. 

Before tonight's announcement was made, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had used the daily press conference to say: 'I have spoken to Alok within the last hour, he is doing fine. 

'Actually, he is working today, but working from home as usual.

He is awaiting his test result.'

Labour MPs warned that it was now clear the move back to a regular Commons could be 'potentially deadly'. 

However, ministers suggested Mr Sharma might have merely been suffering from a 'bout of hay fever'.
And Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg was defiant in the Commons this afternoon, insisting it was right that MPs should come to the chamber and 'do our democratic duty'.

'How can we look teachers in our constituencies in eye when we're asking them to go back to work and we are not willing to.'   

Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) was defiant in the Commons this afternoon, insisting it was right that MPs should come to the chamber and 'do our democratic duty

Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) was defiant in the Commons this afternoon, insisting it was right that MPs should come to the chamber and 'do our democratic duty