British PM Johnson spends night in intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

British PM Johnson spends night in intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

Mr Johnson is being cared for in a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday night.

Johnson "remains under observation" in St. Thomas' Hospital in central London, his official spokesman said Monday - a stone's throw from Westminster, directly across the River Thames from the British Parliament.

At his request, to replace Johnson in the Premiership "if necessary" will the foreign Minister Dominic Raab, said the press Secretary of the head of the government.

Mr Johnson, 55, was transferred to intensive care as a precaution in case he requires a ventilator.

Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday night and had been undergoing tests after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms for more than 10 days, but the government had earlier said he was in good spirits and still in charge.

The Director General of the World Health Organization said he was "thinking of my friend Boris Johnson tonight, and sending my and WHO's heartfelt good wishes as he battles the coronavirus".

At an earlier press conference, Raab had signalled the United Kingdom faces more weeks of lockdown as the effort to slow the spread of the virus continues.

Adding to the government's woes, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove - a key member of Johnson's top team - said he is in self-isolation after a family member displayed symptoms of coronavirus at the weekend. "You are the best of Britain". His meals and official papers were left outside his door, but he continued to chair daily crisis meetings via video link.

Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago with a high temperature and a cough. The decision was made by the leader's medical team after his condition worsened over the afternoon on Monday.

It is understood that Mr Johnson has received "oxygen support" but had not been on a ventilator and is not now on one.

"And that's the way it will bring the whole country through the coronavirus challenge that we face right now".

"Not every patient in intensive care is ventilated, but around two-thirds are within 24 hours of admission with Covid-19", Gallagher said.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described it as "terribly sad news". This is just about the Prime Minster of this country - our elected Prime Minister - being in intensive care at an incredibly hard time for our country.

Raab is reportedly Johnson's "designated survivor", and would take over the Prime Minister's duties if Johnson is incapacitated.

The Queen also extended her well-wishes to Johnson and his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds.

Despite being hospitalized, a No. 10 spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE Monday that Johnson was continuing to receive updates and briefings.

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