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Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

LONDON- Prime minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

The prime minister was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital in Westminster on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days.

But, having been in hospital for tests and observation, his doctors advised that he be admitted to intensive care.

Johnson is said to be still conscious, but was moved to an ICU in case he needed a ventilator.

A Number 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 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.”

It was reported on Monday night that Johnson, 55, experienced breathing difficulties earlier in the day and was given oxygen.

When it became clear that he had to be moved to intensive care, the prime minister told an aide that Dominc Raab should deputise for him, according to The Times

The Foreign Secretary said the prime minister is in “safe hands” and has been receiving “excellent care” at St Thomas’ Hospital, adding the government was focused on “making sure we can defeat coronavirus”.

Raab, who led the government’s daily coronavirus press briefing just two hours before the prime minister was moved, said he last spoke to Johnson on Saturday – almost 48 hours before being sent to brief the nation his well-being and efforts to tackle Covid-19.

The prime minister himself tweeted on Monday lunchtime that he was ‘in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team’.

Johnson was last seen in public on Thursday evening, when he emerged from the front door of 11 Downing St to join the ‘Clap for Carers’ at 8pm.


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