Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.
A spokesperson for Johnson said the PM 'continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus'.
The spokesperson told BBC's Hugh Pym: "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."
They added: "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."
Johnson has been self-isolating for the past 10 days; he was due to end his self-isolation last Friday but was reportedly still suffering from a high temperature.
He was last seen on the doorstep of Number 10 on Thursday, where he took part in applauding NHS staff and other key workers.
Speaking earlier today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who also tested positive for covid-19 last month, told Sky News: "He's okay, I've been talking to him every day, often several times a day, throughout this, throughout the time that both of us were off and so he has very much got his hand on the tiller but he has still got a temperature.
"In a way it shows this virus affects different people differently.
"I was lucky, I had two pretty rough days and then I bounced back and some people do get it pretty mildly, and then for others it's very, very serious and the Prime Minister is not at that end of the spectrum."
Johnson's pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds tweeted to say she had been experiencing coronavirus symptoms but was now feeling 'stronger'.
"I've spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus," she wrote yesterday. "I haven't needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I'm on the mend."
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