British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in intensive care after being tested positive for coronavirus. As per sources, Mr. Johnson is without the support of a ventilator. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of a London hospital on Monday evening. He asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him shortly till he gets cured.
It has now been 10 days since he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He is still suffering from the virus symptoms including a cough and high temperature. The 55-year-old Prime Minister is the most high-profile world leader to become infected with the deadly virus.
A spokesperson for No 10 Downing Street said: “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.”
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary,” the spokesperson said.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Earlier this Monday, Johnson gave a message from his hospital bed saying that he was in “good spirits” and he is in touch with the ministers to oversee the UK’s coronavirus fightback despite his hospitalisation due to persistent COVID-19 symptoms.
Thanking all the NHS staff, he said that “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. Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”
The UK government was ridiculed for ignoring the essential step staying at home to combat the spread of the virus. Mr. Johnson ordered for a nationwide lockdown after Westminster became a hotspot of coronavirus. The UK has recorded 51,608 cases so far with 5373 deaths.