U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been positioned in intensive care as he battles to defeat the coronavirus that has plagued him for greater than 10 days.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital Sunday night time for routine testing, however remained there on Monday. In line with a Downing Road spokesperson, Johnson has requested Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize whereas he’s infirmed. Reviews of Johnson’s admission to intensive care surfaced simply previous eight p.m. native time.
An announcement reads: “Since Sunday night, the prime minister has been below the care of docs at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent signs of coronavirus. Over the course of this afternoon, the situation of the prime minister has worsened and, on the recommendation of his medical crew, he has been moved to the intensive care unit on the hospital.”
Downing Road has mentioned Johnson is “receiving glorious care, and thanks all NHS employees for his or her laborious work and dedication.”
Johnson’s intensive care therapy comes simply hours after he took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to elucidate his state of affairs: “Final night time, on the recommendation of my physician, I went to hospital for some routine assessments as I’m nonetheless experiencing coronavirus signs. I’m in good spirits and retaining in contact with my crew, as we work collectively to combat this virus and preserve everybody protected.”
Johnson additionally thanked “the good NHS employees taking good care of me and others on this troublesome state of affairs. You’re the better of Britain.”
In a press briefing Monday afternoon, the prime minister’s spokesperson mentioned he remained in hospital for statement, however refused to say whether or not there was a prognosis of pneumonia. The spokesperson additionally kiboshed Russian experiences that Johnson had been positioned on a ventilator as “disinformation.”
The U.Ok. doesn’t have an official deputy function for somebody to step in if the prime minister’s incapacitation is extended; nevertheless, on the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, Overseas Secretary Raab was appointed Johnson’s “designated survivor” and can take over duties.
As information of Johnson’s hospitalization has unfold, a variety of political leaders have expressed nicely needs for the prime minister.
France’s president Emmanuel Macron shared on Twitter that he provides his “full help” to Johnson, his household and the British individuals.
In the meantime, former prime minister David Cameron additionally took to Twitter to jot down, “You might be in nice arms and all of us need you protected, nicely and again in 10 Downing Road.”
U.S. President Donald Trump is amongst those that despatched his needs to Mr. Johnson following Sunday’s hospitalization. “All Individuals are praying for him. He’s an awesome pal of mine, an awesome gentleman and an awesome chief,” mentioned Trump, including he was positive Johnson could be high-quality as a result of he’s “a powerful individual”.
Johnson’s situation comes because the U.Ok. struggles to manage its coronavirus outbreak, which has up to now claimed 5,373 lives. Near 52,000 have up to now examined optimistic.
Johnson’s associate Carrie Symonds, who’s pregnant with the couple’s first little one, tweeted Saturday that she has “spent the previous week in mattress with the primary signs” of coronavirus. “I haven’t wanted to be examined, and after seven days of relaxation, I really feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”
Information of the prime minister’s hospitalization on Sunday got here simply hours after a uncommon televised tackle to the nation by Queen Elizabeth, rallying the U.Ok. towards the coronavirus.
“We must always take consolation that whereas we could have extra nonetheless to endure, higher days will return: we will likely be with our buddies once more; we will likely be with our households once more; we are going to meet once more,” mentioned the monarch.