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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Boris Johnson still in ICU with coronavirus, receiving oxygen but not on ventilator, says spokesman

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the ICU Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the ICU Monday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the intensive care unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London Tuesday, two days after he was hospitalized with persistent coronavirus symptoms.
A spokesman for 10 Downing Street said Tuesday morning that Johnson, 55, is receiving “standard oxygen treatment” to help with his breathing, but is not on a ventilator.
Johnson has also not been diagnosed with pneumonia.
The PM is “stable” and “in good spirits,” the spokesman said.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is on call to stand in for Johnson “as necessary,” the prime minister’s office said Monday after he was moved to the ICU.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, who gave an update on Johnson earlier Tuesday on national radio, has since gone into self-isolation after a family member began showing symptoms of coronavirus, but said he has not exhibited any symptoms.
Johnson had been in quarantine since March 26 when he tested positive for coronavirus after complaining of a fever and a cough. He had been running daily briefings via video conference before being moved to the ICU.
His pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds, recently disclosed COVID-19 symptoms, but has not been tested.

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