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The British PM was moved to ICU at the St. Thomas’ Hospital on Monday evening over his worsening COVID-19 symptoms. The British government has announced that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will take the PM’s duties for the current moment.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was moved to the intensive care unit on Monday after his worsening Coronavirus symptoms. Last week, Boris Johnson was first detected positive for COVID-19 after which he was in self-quarantine at this residence in residence in Downing Street since March 26.
In a video message last Friday, PM Johnson said that he had been feeling well but he still had some temperature. Earlier on Monday morning, the PM was admitted to the hospital as a “precautionary measure”. The British government has announced that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will take the PM’s duties for the time being. Raab has told the reporters that Johnson’s team will make sure to implement his plans to fight COVID-19.
Briefing about the matter, a 10 Downing Street spokesperson 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”.
The spokesperson further appraised the situation saying that the PM is receiving excellent care. Besides, PM Johnson has also thanked the NHS staff for their hard work and dedication in the COVID-19 situation. The staff decided to move PM Johnson to St. Thomas Hospital’s ICU on Monday at 7 PM. Reports suggest that he was absolutely conscious at that time.
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
U.K. Is Major Victim of COVID-19, Trump Sends Best Wishes to Johnson
The United Kingdom is one of the most infected countries in the world with coronavirus. As of writing this article, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. is 51,608 with over 5,300 deaths.
Several experts have criticized the U.K. for responding very slow in taking quick measures. Finally, on March 20, the U.K. PM announced a nationwide lockdown. U.K’s decision came a long time after several other European nations imposed strict restrictions.
U.S. President Donald Trump has extended his best wishes and support to the British PM after the latter was admitted on Monday evening.
Trump was “very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care a little while ago”. “He’s been really something very special. Strong, resolute, he doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up. But when you get brought into intensive care, that gets very very serious,” added the U.S. President.