Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has confirmed.
Mr Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital in central London on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days.
Having been in hospital for tests and observation, his doctors advised that he be admitted to intensive care on Monday evening.
Mr Johnson is understood to be conscious and was moved to intensive care at about 7pm as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.
Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would “deputise where necessary” while the Prime Minister was in intensive care with Covid-19.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “Since Sunday evening, 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 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.
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“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
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The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said on Monday morning that Mr Johnson had been taken to hospital on the advice of his doctor and as a “precaution”, and that it was not an emergency admission.
It came just a few hours after Mr Raab told a press briefing that the PM remained in charge of the Government despite remaining under observation.
At a press conference less than two hours before the decision was made, Mr Raab told a press briefing that the PM remained in charge of the Government despite remaining under observation.
Earlier in the afternoon, Mr Johnson tweeted: “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.
“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.”
At the daily Number 10 news conference on Monday, Mr Raab faced repeated questions as to how Mr Johnson could cope with demands of the premiership if he was sick enough to require hospital treatment.
Downing Street, which had previously described his symptoms as “mild”, switched to describing them as “persistent”.
They included a cough as well as a continuing high temperature, 10 days after he first tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mr Raab said he had last spoken to the PM on Saturday - almost 48 hours before being sent to brief the nation his well-being and efforts to tackle Covid-19.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen was being kept informed by Downing Street about the condition of Mr Johnson - the 14th prime minister of her reign.
Responding to the news, Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich north, tweeted: “Wishing Boris Johnson a safe recovery in intensive care.
“Thank you to [the NHS] staff who are looking after him and to anyone ill across the country with Covid 19.”
Liz Truss, MP for south west Norfolk, tweeted: “My thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family as he is moved into intensive care this evening. Wishing him a speedy recovery.”