Coronavirus in Suffolk: PM Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care

Carla Harmon
April 7, 2020

The prime minister was moved to intensive care on Monday evening.

Today, his spokesman announced that he was still suffering from symptoms and was admitted to St. Thomas Hospital Sunday night.

The Cabinet Office minister said Johnson has "followed medical advice" at all times, after concerns that the prime minister had still been working and in charge from his hospital bed until 7pm on Monday.

In Mr Johnson's absence, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, will stand in for him "whenever necessary", including leading the daily meetings of the coronavirus "war cabinet". "The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hardwork and dedication".

Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday after with persistent symptoms of coronavirus, for which he tested positive for ten days ago.

Earlier on Monday, he posted on Twitter that he was in "good spirits" while aides insisted he remained in charge of the country from his hospital bed. "Being in Intensive Care, if there is further support he needs, that care is there". Early data has suggested that only 50 per cent of coronavirus patients in critical care survive.

His pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds - herself recovering from coronavirus symptoms - was said to be deeply anxious about Johnson's condition.

On Monday night, political colleagues offered their support to Mr Johnson.

Boris Johnson in a TV broadcast.

Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "We are all thinking of the Prime Minister and his family".

The statement was made in a press briefing by Downing Street at midday.

Sajid Javid, the former chancellor, said: "Boris is one of the strongest people I know".

"We informed you all as soon as was practically possible".

Ms Oakes' local Labour party leader said he was "appalled" and said there would be an inquiry. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Prime Minister and his family and I wish him a full recovery". You can beat this.

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