Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus

“The prime minister is receiving excellent care,” a spokesperson says

Boris Johnson has been moved to an intensive care unit following his coronavirus diagnosis, a Number 10 spokesperson has confirmed.

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The Prime Minister confirmed he had Covid-19 via a video message on Twitter last week, explaining that he was experiencing mild symptoms and was currently self-isolating, while continuing to work thanks to the “wizardry of modern technology”.

But according to a new statement from Number 10, his symptoms have worsened, and as a result, he’s been moved to the ICU in hospital. A spokesman said (via Sky News):

“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

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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.

“The prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary. The prime minister is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

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In another statement to BBC, a Downing Street spokesperson added:

“On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”

“The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

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Previously, Johnson said in the video confirming he had the virus, “Hi folks, I want to bring you up to speed with something that is happening today, which is I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus – a temperature and persistent cough. On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer [Chris Whitty], I have taken a test which has come out positive, so I am working from home. I am self-isolating and that’s entirely the right thing to do.”

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has now also tested positive for coronavirus, an is working from home and self-isolating.

We wish both Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson a speedy recovery.

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