AGENCIES, London: Given the 50:50 chance of not making it, the British government indeed did have a contingency plan ready for replacing Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was fought COVID-19 in intensive care last month and eventually won.
Johnson said this in an interview with The Sun newspaper .
Johnson returned to work on Monday, a month after testing positive for COVID-19. He spent 10 days in isolation in Downing Street before he was taken to London’s St Thomas’ Hospital where he spent three nights in intensive care.
“They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario,” Johnson was quoted . “It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it.”
Johnson said that during the period when he was self-isolating in Downing Street, he had resisted going to hospital. “I was in denial because I was working and I kept doing these meetings by video-link,” he said. “But I was really feeling pretty groggy … I was feeling pretty wasted, not in an intoxicated way, but just, you know, pretty rough.”
“Then I was told I had to go into St Thomas’. I said I really didn’t want to go into hospital. It didn’t seem to me to be a good move but they were pretty adamant. Looking back, they were right to force me to go.”
Johnson was admitted to a ward on April 5 and given oxygen via a face mask and a tube in his nose. “I was going through litres and litres of oxygen for a long time,” he said. He was moved to intensive care on April 6.
At one point, doctors discussed invasive ventilation.
“The bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe,” he said. “That was when it got a bit . . . they were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally.”
On Monday, UK reported 186,599 coronavirus cases and 28,446 deaths.