British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized After Failing To Shake Coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital Sunday after testing positive for the novel coronavirus last week, with the symptoms failing to disappear.

Number 10 said the Prime Minister was taken as a "precautionary step" on the advice of his doctor.

Johnson has continued to chair daily meetings on Britain's response to the outbreak, and has released several video messages during his 10 days in isolation.

Boris Johnson, shown outside 10 Downing London on Thursday, was diagnosed with the coronavirus infection more than a week ago.

The premier was expected to stay in hospital overnight, the BBC's political editor said earlier. He's been admitted to a hospital for testing.

Johnson has been running the UK's government from home since his March 27 diagnosis.

Speaking at the press briefing, he said: "Before I begin I want to express our nation's well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus".

Mr Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, on Saturday said she had spent a week in bed with coronavirus symptoms, though she was not tested for the virus.

Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to contract the virus.

British health authorities announced on Sunday that the United Kingdom -wide death toll from coronavirus rose by 621 in 24 hours.

"While we have faced challenges before, this one is different", said the Queen, in what was only her fifth such address over her 68-year reign.

"On the advice of the chief medical officer, I have taken a test".

On March 3, while addressing the media, the UK PM had very confidently informed the press corps that he had visited a hospital and shook hands with COVID-19 patients.

Hancock on Sunday described Johnson's condition as "OK" and said he had been in "good spirits".

In a rare televised address to the country and Commonwealth, the Queen sounded a positive note after what has been an unsettling period, saying: "We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us".

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