Indonesia's Jokowi wishes Boris Johnson quick recovery from COVID-19

Ruben Fields
April 8, 2020

On March 27, Johnson had announced that he had coronavirus and went into self-isolation in his flat above his Downing Street office.

Johnson, 55, was admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the first major world leader to be confirmed to have the virus.

With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an intensive care unit after showing severe symptoms of COVID-19, attention has turned to the country's first secretary of state, who is poised to take over for Johnson if he can not perform his regular duties.

Mr Johnson spent a second night in Intensive Care and is said to be stable.

Johnson is not on "mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support", Raab said.

Monday's press conference was led by Jonson's temporary stand-in, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Ministry of Defence, Professor Angela McClain.

Giving an update on the prime minister's condition, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said Tuesday that Johnson is "receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance" and that he does not have pneumonia.

Describing Mr Johnson as not only a boss but "also a friend", Mr Raab said: "All of our thoughts and prayers are with the prime minister at this time, with Carrie, and with his whole family. And he'll be back at the helm, leading us through this crisis in short order". "I'm in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe", Johnson tweeted Monday.

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Buckingham Palace said the Queen had sent a message to Mr Johnson's family and his pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, saying she was thinking of them, and wished the PM a full and speedy recovery.

"We are hugely grateful for the messages of support that the prime minister has received".

"I can not reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election", Raab said at the time.

"The critical thing is to take evidence-based decisions and so we've said that we will take any review once we've got the evidence that the measures are working", he said. "We've contacted all of Boris's doctors and we'll see what is going to take place, but they are ready to go".

His transfer to intensive care is unprecedented for a prime minister during a national emergency.

However, the government's chief scientific adviser told the Downing Street briefing the number of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom "could be moving in the right direction".

Sir Patrick said there were signs that the rates of new infections and new hospital admissions for Covid-19 were "flattening off".

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