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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care with coronavirus

Boris Johnson is in the ICU.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened,” the statement said.
“The PM remains conscious at this time,” Johnson’s office said.
In this image taken from video of the TWITTER/@BorisJohnson on April 3, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks from self isolation.
In this image taken from video of the TWITTER/@BorisJohnson on April 3, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks from self isolation.(Boris Johnson/AP)
“He has been moved to the ICU as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery,” the office said.
Downing Street did not immediately comment on whether Johnson had contracted pneumonia.
“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms," Johnson tweeted earlier in the afternoon Monday.
“I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe," he said.
"I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time. You are the best of Britain,” he said in a companion tweet.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer reacted to the news of Johnson’s ICU transfer in a Twitter post.
“Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time,” his tweet said.
Johnson was hospitalized 10 days after first testing positive for coronavirus on March 26.
He had previously complained of a temperature and a nagging cough.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputized to fill in for Johnson “where necessary," the PM’s office said.
Raab would take over Johnson’s office if the prime minister becomes incapacitated.

During a press conference earlier Monday, Raab said Johnson was still carrying out his government duties while “under observation.”

“I can tell you the PM had a comfortable night in hospital, and he’s in good spirits,” Raab said. “He continues to lead the government.”

Earlier in the weekend, Johnson’s pregnant girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, revealed she spent a week in bed battling what she called “symptoms of coronavirus.”

“I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend,” she tweeted Saturday.
Johnson and Symonds, 32, announced last month that they plan to marry.
Prince Charles, meanwhile, tested positive for the virus last month and isolated himself for 10 days at a residence in Scotland.
The coronavirus death toll in Britain rose to 5,373 on Monday after the government was slow to implement strict social-distancing measures.

Johnson initially resisted closing pubs and restaurants and even bragged about shaking hands with people at a hospital in early March.

“I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were actually a few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know. And I continue to shake hands,” he said during a press conference.
Johnson has since reversed course.
“Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives,” he said in his tweets Monday.

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