Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

Grant Boone
April 7, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson - who is battling coronavirus - was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his condition worsened.

The French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped the United Kingdom prime minister made a speedy recovery, while the USA president Donald Trump said he was praying for Johnson.

He said: "Since Sunday the prime minister has been under the medical care of the team at St Thomas's hospital after he was admitted with persistent coronavirus symptoms".

The British prime minister's office had said Johnson was in good spirits and still in charge, though his condition deteriorated in the early evening on Monday, and he was transferred at about 18:00 GMT to an intensive care unit - where the most serious cases are treated - at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair the government's emergency Covid-19 meeting on Monday, a source said.

"I know for him personally it will be very frustrating that he's had to go to the hospital to have these tests, and he'll want to be back in Number 10 (Downing Street ) leading from the front, which is his way", Jenrick told the BBC's Today program on Monday morning.

Hours earlier, he had tweeted that he was in good spirits and thanked the National Health Service for taking care of him and others with the disease.

Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, said on Saturday that she had been self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms but was beginning to feel better.

The news of the prime minister's hospitalization came as the Queen addressed the nation in a highly poignant televised address.

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The virus had already penetrated the British government.Johnson and his health minister tested positive last month and chief medical adviser Chris Whitty also self-isolated. "I invite all people of faith to join me in praying for Boris Johnson and his loved ones".

He was given oxygen after suffering breathing difficulties.

"I'd like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this hard time", said Johnson.

Raab, who led the government's daily coronavirus press briefing on Monday, said he last spoke to Johnson on Saturday - nearly 48 hours before being sent to brief the nation his well-being and efforts to tackle Covid-19. "You are the best of Britain".

Cabinet colleagues had urged Mr Johnson to rest and focus on his recovery.

Monday's Downing Street press conference was dominated by questions about the Prime Minister's health and his ability to run the country from hospital.

"The focus of the government will continue to be on making sure that the prime minister's direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward".

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