UPDATE: The Office of the Prime Minister posted a short statement Tuesday:
The Prime Minister’s condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring. He is in good spirits.
The Guardian reported Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary filling in for the PM’s absence, said his boss as “received well-wishes from fellow leaders around the world, from members of the public, and even from the Queen and other members of the royal family.”
Raab went on to confirm that Johnson was not on a ventilator, saying:
[Johnson] remained stable overnight. He’s receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance, he’s not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support. He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practice his progress continues to be monitored closely in critical care.
According to media reports Monday, Johnson was urged to go to the hospital after his doctor noticed is deteriorating condition in a video conference.
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UPDATE: The Office of the Prime Minister issued the following statement late Monday:
Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.
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Several media outlets report that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to intensive care at a London-area hospital with worsening symptoms of COVID-19.
In a short statement Sunday, the Prime Minister’s office said Johnson was merely going for testing purposes:
The Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 March 26, and had self-isolated at 10 Downing Street since then.
Monday morning, the Boris Johnson Twitter account tweeted the parliamentarian was “in good spirits:”
Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 6, 2020
According to the daily coronavirus press briefing Monday, the United Kingdom has had 51,608 active cases of the Chinese Virus. Over 17,911 have been hospitalized; and the website lists that 5,373 have died.
This is a developing story…
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Photo “Boris Johnson” by Andrew Parsons CC2.0.