Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, and he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize, Downing Street said.

Johnson, who had been isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the virus last month, was taken to St Thomas' Hospital in central London on Sunday night after the symptoms continued for a period longer than 10 days.

United Kingdom officials said earlier in the day that 3,802 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed over the last 24 hours and 439 people had died from the virus.

Downing Street said he had been moved to the intensive care unit as "a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery".

While Johnson continues to lead the government, Monday's cabinet meeting was headed up by his de-facto deputy, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Johnson, 55, was the first world leader to announce he had tested positive for the virus, on March 27.

The 55-year-old United Kingdom leader has nominated Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to run the country.

A spokesperson for the head of the British government said earlier Monday that Johnson was "under observation" following tests, but had not yet been put on a ventilator, as Sputnik had previously reported, citing a source in the NHS.

"On the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I'm still experiencing coronavirus symptoms", Johnson said on Twitter.

The prime minister was admitted to St Thomas' hospital in Westminster on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days. "I'm in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe". "All the country's thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly hard time".

But the government's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, returning to public work after he also had to self-isolate with coronavirus symptoms, said the peak remains uncertain and, even if confirmed, it would be too early to announce an easing of restrictions.

Over 50,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths have been recorded so far, with a latest daily toll of 439.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19) on 3 March 2020.

As of Sunday morning, 47,806 people in the United Kingdom had tested positive for coronavirus, with 4,934 deaths, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "sending [Mr Johnson] every good wish".

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