Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Been Moved To Intensive Care
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A 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."
My thoughts tonight are with @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds.
I know he'll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.
- rishisunak (@RishiSunak) April 6, 2020
The 55-year-old went to hospital 10 days after he tested positive for the coronavirus with a spokesperson explaining that he continued 'to have persistent symptoms'.
Earlier today, he tweeted to let people know why he went to hospital:
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
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."
We can beat this together. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/uXZzNUXhJ8
- Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 5, 2020
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.
"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."