AGENCIES, London: On Sunday evening, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital for a routine check-up for his coronavirus status. Johnson through social media said they were “routine tests,” and that he was in “good spirits.”
But on Monday, it seems his symptoms worsened and was given oxygen in the afternoon. His doctors advised him to be shifted to intensive care immediately at .
A No 10 statement read: “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 [Monday] 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.”
Johnson remains conscious, but experts say the move means the prime minister is experiencing breathing problems and may have to be put on a ventilator, the machine which takes over the body’s breathing process. Officials are no longer describing his symptoms as mild.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State and the most senior Cabinet minister, said Johnson had asked him to deputize for the leader where necessary.
Raab chaired Monday’s regular morning coronavirus briefing and made a televised statement saying that the government will continue Johnson’s direction in responding to the outbreak.
British politicians from Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, as well as the main opposition Labour Party, have united in their wishes for the Prime Minister’s recovery.
Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 6, 2020