Michael Gove gives an update on Boris Johnson's condition in Intensive Care

Brenda Watkins
April 7, 2020

We have the latest from London on his condition.

It is understood Boris Johnson is conscious, and was transferred to the ICU at St Thomas' as a precaution as he battles coronavirus.

Initially he was said to have been continuing to work from his hospital bed and was receiving his ministerial red boxes. His condition worsened during the course of the afternoon yesterday and the medical advice was for him to go into Intensive Care at 7pm.

Boris Johnson is "stable" after spending the night in intensive care following a worsening of his coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street has said.

"The PM has asked the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State to deputise for him where necessary".

Boris Johnson had been diagnosed with coronavirus and was admitted to St Thomas'Hospital in London on Sunday with what's been described as "persistent symptoms".

Intensive care beds are reserved for those who are very ill, and in the case of Covid-19, often those who need to be put on a mechanical ventilator to help them breathe.

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The spokesman confirmed that Mr Johnson had been unable to speak directly to Mr Raab since he has been in hospital.

Sarah Ferguson, 60, thanked the Prime Minister for his "strength" and said she "sends him healing" in a post shared on Instagram this morning.

He even posted a message from the hospital saying: "I'm in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe". We repeat your words back to you with gratitude for your strength for us all and send you healing. "You are the best of Britain".

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

Mr Raab, who took the press conference and chaired the Government's daily coronavirus "war cabinet" said: "He's in charge, but he'll continue to take doctors' advice on what to do next".

Labour MP Mr Zeichner said he was "wishing the Prime Minister all the best for a full recovery", adding: "Everyone is shocked at how ill he is".

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