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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has remained in hospital overnight with persistent coronavirus symptoms, the first world leader to be taken to hospital for the disease.
Downing Street said the British leader was admitted to a London hospital as a "precautionary measure" and that he remained in charge of the government and was in contact with ministerial colleagues and officials.
“On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," his office said.
“This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
“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.”
Mr Johnson has persistent symptoms, including a high temperature. His admission was not an emergency, but he is expected to stay in hospital overnight.
It was considered sensible for doctors to see Mr Johnson in person, Downing Street said.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to chair the government's next coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.
Mr Johnson was last seen in public applauding the NHS and other key workers from his flat in Downing Street on Thursday.
Speaking to the BBC, Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said Mr Johnson was "still very much in charge of the Government".
"He spent the night in hospital and of course we all wish him well and we hope that as a result of these tests he will be able to come back to Downing Street as soon as possible," Mr Jenrick said.
"I hope, I think we all do, that he has a speedy recovery and that he gets back to Number 10 and takes charge in the way he would want to as soon as possible," he added.
Despite the government's insistence the prime minister continues to lead the UK's Covid-19 response from hospital, there are increasing calls for him to rest and recover.
Conservative MPs have tweeted their support for the prime minister but have also said he should take this time to rest.
In the British press, senior government have officials have expressed their hope that Mr Johnson's hospital admission will act as a wake up call and he will cut back on his current punishing schedule.
The Department of Health said the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK stood at 4,934 as of 5pm on Saturday, an increase of 621 people from the previous day.
That same day, Mr Johnson's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, said she had also experienced coronavirus symptoms.
Westminster colleagues were quick to offer their support to Mr Johnson.
"Wishing our Prime Minister Boris Johnson every good health and a speedy recovery," Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Twitter. "We are thinking of you. Get well soon Boris."
Former leader of the opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn sent his best wishes to Mr Johnson and wished him a speedy recovery.
Earlier, British health secretary Matt Hancock was asked how ill Mr Johnson was.
“He’s OK," Mr Hancock told Sky News. "I’ve been talking to him every day, several times a day.
"He’s very much got his hand on the tiller. But he’s still got a temperature.
“He’s working away inside Downing Street. He’s in good spirits."
On Sunday evening, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reassured the public that "better days will return", where people will be able to reunite with friends and family after the coronavirus pandemic.
Updated: April 6, 2020 12:06 PM
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