Boris Johnson is hospitalised due to coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday, about 10 days after he tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on 27 March and has been working from home ever since.

As pregnant women are said to be vulnerable to the coronavirus Downing Street confirmed previously was staying away from Johnson whle he was showing symptoms.

Johnson tested positive for the virus ten days ago and continues to exhibit symptoms, including a high temperature.

The Guardian was told last week that Johnson was more seriously ill than either he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was being seen by doctors who were concerned about his breathing.

The government announced within an hour of the monarch's rare special address to the country and Commonwealth nations that Johnson had been admitted for further tests as a precaution.

Johnson finalized his divorce from Marina Wheeler, 55, in February.

"Wishing the prime minister well and a speedy recovery", Keir Starmer, the newly elected leader of the opposition Labour Party, said.

Experts said the most likely tests for a person of the prime minister's age with COVID-19 symptoms after 10 days would be to assess oxygen levels and an electrocardiogram check of his heart. He said at the time that he had "mild symptoms" of COVID-19, including a fever and "a persistent cough".

Dr. Marc Siegel reacts to the COVID-19 news of the day.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood has resigned after being warned by police over a visit to her second home which broke her own social distancing guidelines.

Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, tweeted Saturday that she has "spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms" of coronavirus.

The queen is now in self-isolation at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip and it is only the fourth time she has given such an address during her 68-year reign.

Johnson has shared several video updates from his Number 11 flat since his diagnosis, and joined the nationwide clap for NHS staff on Thursday evening.

Tough social distancing measures are in place across the United Kingdom but nearly 5000 people have died from the virus.

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