Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after symptoms worsen
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Gloomy morning looms over London as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Monday admitted to intensive care after being hospitalized with coronavirus, his Downing Street office 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,” said the Downing Street press release.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab… to deputize for him where necessary,” it added.
The prime minister was moved to ICU in case he needed to use a ventilator, the government added.
The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening and moved to the intensive care ward on Monday at 19:00 BST.
Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday with a temperature and a cough after testing positive for coronavirus on March 27, becoming the most high-profile world leader infected with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe.
Will Mr Johnson be out of ICU any time soon?
According to medical sources, most patients who have been moved into ICU eventually end up on ventilators, but this is not the case for Mr. Johnson yet.
Health staff will be monitoring his lungs while his immune system fights the virus. If he ends up using a ventilator which is the worst-case scenario, he may have to spend 2 weeks while he fully recuperates.
Officials said it was a “precautionary step” but questions had earlier been raised about whether the Conservative leader could still run the country.
He was moved as a precaution so he could be close to a ventilator - which takes over the bodies breathing process-
BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said.
Mr Gove told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday: "The prime minister's not on a ventilator. He has received oxygen support."
Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant for Mr Johnson is said to be in recovery after a week of being bedridden with symptoms. Symonds said she had not been tested for the virus.
U.S. President Donald Trump sympathized with the Prime minister and wished him a speedy recovery.
"I also want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson," Trump said during a press conference Monday.
If there is any change in his condition "No 10 will ensure the country is updated", Mr Gove added.