Coronavirus: Britain's Boris Johnson taken into intensive care as condition 'worsens'

Coronavirus: Britain's Boris Johnson taken into intensive care as condition 'worsens'
Coronavirus: Britain's Boris Johnson taken into intensive care as condition 'worsens'

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms 'worsened', Downing Street said on Monday.

Mr Johnson was admitted to St Thomas's Hospital on Sunday night with the coronavirus.

Initially government officials said he was taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure", and that he remained in charge of the government.

He had been suffering from persistent symptoms including a high temperature and a cough for days.

At 7pm on Sunday, Mr Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas's hospital in London.

He remained conscious but was understood to have been moved as a precaution in case he required ventilation to aid his recovery.

"Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’s Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus," Downing Street 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."

Former British prime minister David Cameron said on Twitter he was thinking of Mr Johnson and his family.

"Thinking of Boris and his family tonight. Get well soon. You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in 10 Downing Street," he said.

The leader of the opposition Labour party, Keir Starmer, said it was "terribly sad news" and that all of the UK's thoughts were with Mr Johnson and his family during this "incredibly difficult time".

Earlier on Monday, Mr Johnson tweeted that he "was in good spirits".

Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said his thoughts and prayers were with Mr Johnson.

"Wishing him a speedy and full recovery. He is a resilient fighter and will pull through," Dr Gargash said on Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my support for Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time. I wish him to overcome this ordeal quickly."

Updated: April 7, 2020 12:31 AM

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