Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care this evening after being admitted to hospital last night.
A No. 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. 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 PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday night (April 5) as he continued to suffer with coronavirus symptoms some 10 days after his diagnosis.
The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
On Saturday (April 4) Boris’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds revealed she has been suffering coronavirus symptoms.
She posted on Twitter: “I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main 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.
“Being pregnant with COVID-19 is obviously worrying.”
I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main 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.
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 4, 2020
Boris admitted on Twitter on Friday afternoon (April 3), that he was still struggling with one symptom of the killer virus.
He said in the social media video clip: “Hi folks, quick update from me on the campaign against coronavirus.
“First of all, in my own case, although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms.
“A minor symptom, I still have a temperature.
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“And so, in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.
“But we’re working, clearly, the whole time on our programme to defeat the virus.”
Despite sounding upbeat and saying he felt an improvement, his followers thought he still looked unwell.
One said: “@BorisJohnson you still look poorly, Boris, but better than you did the other day, get some rest if you can, and thank you for all you are doing. Hoping each coming day sees you feeling better.”
Urged to get some rest
Another replied: “Johnson is looking more ill with each video.”
A third urged him: “Please, please, please get some rest.”
You are looking quite poorly.
Someone else said: “Get well soon, Boris. You still don’t look well, try and take it easy. Need you back fighting fit.”
A fifth tweeted back: “Hi Boris, you are looking quite poorly, hope you’re ok and feeling much better soon.”
@BorisJohnson you still look poorly Boris, but better than you did the other day, get some rest if you can, and thank you for all you are doing. Hoping each coming day sees you feeling better.
— KarenM (@GPWhisperer) April 3, 2020
Johnson is looking more ill with each video. Can we please wrap up Dominic Raab in cotton wool.
So that nobody can ever find him.
— Guy Fawkes (@blunted_james) April 3, 2020
Please, please,please get some rest.
— Mrs B 🐾 (@cookhamcockapoo) April 3, 2020
Get well soon Boris. You still dont look well, try and take it easy. Need you back fighting fit
— Chris (@chrisw1905) April 3, 2020
Hi Boris, you are looking quite poorly, hope you’re ok and feeling much better soon.
— Paula Dearden (@dearden_paula) April 3, 2020
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Elsewhere in his latest video update, the Prime Minister repeated calls for Brits to adhere to social distancing measures this weekend as the weather improves.
It follows similar messages from a GP on This Morning and Good Morning Britain’s weather expert Laura Tobin.
We’ll bring you more news on the PM’s condition as we have it.
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