Downing Street has stated that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms ‘worsened.’ He was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
Highlights! UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to intensive care due to coronavirus a 10 Downing Street statement said
- The Downing Street Statement
- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab To Deputise
- Boris Johnson’s Deteriorating Health
- Good Wishes Pours In
The Downing Street Statement
55-year-old Boris Johnson on Friday sent out a video message addressing the UK citizens. In the video, he had stated that he is to extend his isolation given his fever persists.
Watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson In Intensive Care for Coronavirus
BBC reported that very little information was shared while mentioning that Johnson is conscious but needs ventilation to get through the COVID-19.
The 10 Downing Street statement read:
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.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab To Deputise
Though the Downing Street statement mentions that the step is precautionary – the alarming thing is that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise in the necessary matters.
This is a very different message that we have received in the past week. Downing Street has maintained that the ‘Prime Minister is in touch’ and that he is ‘in charge’ as usual. But clearly Boris Johnson being in intensive care now changes everything.
Boris Johnson’s Deteriorating Health
Johnson was the first head of states to be COVID-19 infected. He went into self-isolation in the last week of April after displaying symptoms. He has maintained touch with his administration and with citizens via social media and videos.
Last Friday in a video message he urged the public to stay home and stay safe. Also, mentioning that he is to extend his isolation period.
Johnsons’ pregnant partner Carrie Symonds also tweeted on Saturday that she has been bedridden for the past seven days with mild symptoms but needs no test and is on a mend.
Good Wishes Pours In
Good wishes for the British Prime Minister started pouring in as soon as the news broke. Many UK citizens replied positive cheerful messages to the Prime Minister.
So did US President Donald Trump, he said, “I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus.” Further adding that Johnson is his friend, a great leader and a gentleman he said, “All Americans are praying for him. I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine.”
The news of Johnson being in the hospital came after Queen Elizabeth of England addressed the commonwealth nations in a rare televised speech on Sunday.
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