PM Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

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Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening (6 April) after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

The UK Prime Minister, who has been suffering from coronavirus for the past ten days, was admitted to hospital on Sunday after suffering from a persistent high temperature and a cough, but is now being treated at the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ hospital in London.

A government statement added that the Prime Minister was still conscious and that his admission was precautionary. He does not require a ventilator.

“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,” a government spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, Johnson had continued to work from hospital and tweeted that he was “in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus”.

Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is also self-isolating after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

Before entering hospital, Johnson instructed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise him “where necessary” and take charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus epidemic.

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