Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson taken into intensive care
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit hours after he was admitted into the hospital over his persistent symptoms Coronavirus.
Barely 24 hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted into St. Thomas Hospital, it has been reported that the 55-year-old world leader has been transferred to the intensive care unit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, as he placed the UK on lockdown as the Government seeks to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) | Photo: Getty Images
According to CNN, the transfer of the prime minister to the ICU occurred on orders of his medical team after his condition worsened.
It is understood that Johnson remains conscious, however, the transfer to ICU was done as a precaution in case a need for a ventilator arises.
According to a statement released by a spokesperson of Downing Street read, Johnson was admitted into St. Thomas Hospital on Sunday evening after his COVID-19 symptoms were persistent.
However, through the course of his stay, his health has deteriorated considerably, and as a result, has been transferred. Explaining the situation at hand, the spokesperson said:
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened, and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”
Despite how scary that sound, the statement assured citizens and the world at large that “the PM is receiving excellent care” at the hands of the medical staff.
It also mentioned that in a situation where Johnson won’t be able to disburse his duties as prime minister, the first secretary of state, Dominic Raab, would stand in for him.
The Guardian recalls that Boris tested positive for Coronavirus 10 days ago after experiencing mild symptoms.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus news conference inside number 10 Downing Street on March 19, 2020 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
It is understood that Johnson remains conscious, however, the transfer to ICU was done as a precaution in case a need for a ventilator arises. Our prayers are with the prime minister as we wish him a speedy recovery.