Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson hospitalised

Clay Curtis
April 6, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Johnson, 55, felt unwell on March 26 and took a test for the virus, which confirmed he had the illness.

A source stressed: "This was not an emergency admission and the decision was taken on the advice of his doctor".

According to a spokesperson, the Prime Minister was taken for tests after continuing to have "persistent symptoms" and the measure has been taken as a "precautionary step".

On Friday, Johnson said he would continue his self-isolation, following a week of staying at home and working remotely, reported AFP. It was considered sensible for doctors to see the Prime Minister in person given he has ongoing symptoms.

Symonds, who became engaged to Johnson previous year, said she is anxious about having the CCP virus while pregnant.

Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to contract the virus.

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Another leading government official, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier.

Within an hour of the Johnson announcement, Scotland's chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood resigned after she was photographed by The Scottish Sun visiting her holiday home on the east coast of the country over the weekend.

His pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds has also contracted the virus.

British health authorities announced on Sunday that the United Kingdom -wide death toll from coronavirus rose by 621 in 24 hours.

Catherine Calderwood caused outrage in Scotland for twice visiting her second home north of Edinburgh, despite fronting an ad campaign calling for Scots to stay at home.

"I've spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus".

It means a total of 4,934 patients have died in hospital having contracted COVID-19 as at Saturday 5pm.

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