3RD UPDATE, 12:42 PM: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but remains hospitalized as he battles COVID-19. A spokesman said the 55-year-old is in “extremely good spirits:” Johnson he had tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday after his symptoms worsened. He was moved to the ICU on Monday.
“The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” the spokesman said. “He is in extremely good spirits.”
2ND UPDATE, April 7: UK PM Boris Johnson is in a “stable condition” after a night spent in intensive care as he battles coronavirus symptoms, a spokesperson for Number 10 told the BBC.
Johnson is receiving oxygen treatment but is breathing without assistance and remains conscious and in good spirts. He has not been diagnosed with pneumonia, they added.
UPDATED, April 6: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles coronavirus.
Johnson was admitted to hospital yesterday (April 5) after initially testing positive for COVID-19 on March 27. Earlier today, he tweeted that he was “in good spirits” and was still keeping in touch with his team in government.
However, this eve Number 10 released a statement saying that the PM’s condition has worsened and as a result, at around 7PM UK time, he was moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ hospital as a precaution in case he needs ventilation. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is set to deputize.
“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus. Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” read the statement from Number 10.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputize for him where necessary. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
The UK has north of 50,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,000 deaths. The country has been in lockdown for two weeks in attempts to contain the virus spread. Earlier today, in Number 10’s daily briefing to the public, Raab claimed that containment measures were “beginning to work” but it was too early to say when the peak might be reached.
Well-wishers for Johnson include new Labour leader Keir Starmer, who tweeted, “Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Conservative Chancellor Rishi Sunak said, “My thoughts tonight are with Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds [Johnson’s fiancee, who is pregnant and has been battling her own symptoms]. I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan added, “Praying for the Prime Minister’s swift recovery tonight. [St Thomas’ hospital] has some of the finest medical staff in the world, and he couldn’t be in safer hands.”