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Boris Johnson Is In A 'Stable' Condition In Intensive Care

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Boris Johnson Is In A 'Stable' Condition In Intensive Care

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be in a 'stable' condition in intensive care and is not being treated with a ventilator.

A government spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits. He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."

Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove also said: "The Prime Minister is not on a ventilator. He has received oxygen support and, of course, one of the reasons for being in intensive care is that whatever support the medical team consider to be appropriate can be provided.

"I think all of us recognise that the team at St. Thomas' are among some of the finest doctors in the country. The doctors, the nurses and the other staff there will be making appropriate medical decisions and they have our full support in the amazingly important work that they do."

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Last night, Johnson, 55, was moved to the intensive care unit of St Thomas' hospital in London following his admission to hospital on 5 April with persistent coronavirus symptoms.

Yesterday the spokesperson for No.10 said: "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 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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He was admitted to hospital 10 days after he tested positive for Covid-19 and before going to intensive care he tweeted:

Johnson had been self-isolating for 10 days; he was due to end his self-isolation last Friday (3 April) but was reportedly still suffering from a high temperature.

Speaking yesterday (5 April), 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.

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"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."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: uk news, News, Coronavirus

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