The United Kingdom’s prime minister has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital because his case of COVID-19 got worse.
Boris Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday night local time after dealing with persistent coronavirus symptoms for 10 days.
“Over the course of this afternoon [Monday], 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 10 Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement.
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Downing Street said Johnson remains conscious, and was moved because he’ll now have access to a ventilator if he needs it.
Johnson has asked the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to take over some of his duties while he is ill.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks to all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” the Downing Street spokesperson said.
Johnson was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 27. His partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with their child, reportedly also caught the virus but is recovering at home.
Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 6, 2020