COVID-19: British PM Boris Johnson Taken Into Intensive Care
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with coronavirus late last month, was on Monday moved to an intensive care unit after his condition worsened, his office said.
The 55-year-old, who was admitted to a London hospital on Sunday evening for tests after continuing to suffer a cough and high temperature, has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “to deputise for him where necessary”, the spokesman said.
WITHIN NIGERIA earlier reported that the British Prime Minister was in “good spirits” on Monday and remained in charge of the government despite his admission to hospital for tests after suffering “persistent symptoms” of coronavirus 10 days after being diagnosed, officials said.
Johnson announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the most high-profile world leader infected with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe.
The 55-year-old had been self-isolating in his Downing Street flat but on Sunday evening, still suffering a high temperature and a cough, he was driven to a nearby state-run hospital on the advice of his doctor.
Officials said it was a “precautionary step” but it has raised questions about whether the Conservative leader can still run the country.
“The prime minister had a comfortable night in St Thomas’ Hospital in London and is in good spirits. He remains in hospital under observation,” Johnson’s spokesman said.
The spokesman added when Johnson might be discharged would be “entirely a matter for doctors rather than anyone else.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who chaired Monday’s coronavirus meeting in his absence, told the daily media briefing that Johnson was still “in charge”, but that he had not spoken to him for two days.