Boris Johnson remains in hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms

Grant Boone
April 6, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday after failing to shake off coronavirus symptoms, as Queen Elizabeth II said a united effort would defeat the outbreak.

Downing Street called it a "precautionary step" and it is understood his admission was not an emergency and he was taken to hospital on medical advice.

Her social media post on her own symptoms subsiding came as Johnson, 55, continues to self-isolate at Downing Street after testing positive for coronavirus last week.

The Prime Minister is doing well and will undergo routine tests on Monday but will continue to lead the government, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said.

Johnson announced on March 27 that he had tested positive.

Mr Jenrick said that despite being in self-isolation, the prime minister has "been working extremely hard" and he would stay in charge even from his hospital bed.

His pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, who is due in the early summer, is also self-isolating in her London flat after symptoms surfaced.

And Labour leader Keir Starmer said he hoped the prime minister had a "speedy recovery".

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He further went on to add that conspiracy theories linking 5G with Covid-19 were "just nonsense, risky nonsense as well". Her postings to Instagram and Twitter went viral, and many accused her of spreading misinformation about the virus.

"Obviously today, he's in hospital having the test but he'll continue to be kept informed as to what's happening and to be in charge of the government".

With only an unwieldy collection of sometimes ancient and contradictory precedents to go by, there is no formal succession plan should the prime minister become incapacitated.

The monarch added that Britain "will succeed" in the fight against the virus and while there might be "more still to endure, better days will return".

She said the tests themselves are very rapid.

He stays accountable of the federal government.

The Guardian was told last week that Johnson was more seriously ill than either he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was being seen by doctors who were concerned about his breathing.

As of 0800 GMT on Sunday, a total of 195,524 people have been tested in the country, of which 47,806 tested positive.

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