Thunderbolt this Monday, April 6 in the evening: the British Prime Minister, who tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of March and who had been admitted the previous day at St Thomas Hospital in London, was finally placed in intensive care. Stupor and emotion in the British press and abroad.
“You’re going to be okay, Boris.” To the picture tabloid The sun, the United Kingdom finds itself groggy by the announcement of the worsening of the state of health of Boris Johnson. Admitted to London’s St Thomas’s Hospital on Sunday, ten days after his Covid-19 positive diagnosis, the British Prime Minister was placed in an intensive care unit on Monday evening.
“Her symptoms got worse in the afternoon”, precise The Times. Aged 55, the Conservative head of government was transferred there consciously and as a precaution, “In case recovery requires the use of an artificial respirator”. In the process, 10 Downing Street announced that he would be replaced in his duties by Dominic Raab, his Minister for Foreign Affairs. He had already delivered the daily press conference on the coronavirus epidemic on Monday afternoon.
“The normal course of politics is suspended this evening”, reacted the veteran journalist from the BBC Andrew Neil. Immediate illustration: support messages from all sides, from the United Kingdom and abroad, have flocked in numbers on social networks. “I wish him to overcome this ordeal quickly”, tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Thinking of you and your family”added Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Same formula on the side of Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European camp on the Brexit file, and himself infected by the Covid-19 in recent weeks.
In the British leftist press too, stupor spreads in capital letters. “Boris, sick, struggles to stay alive”, title the tabloid Daily Mirror. The shock wave thus echoed in one of all the newspapers dated April 7. “The queen has been informed” of the situation, reports The Daily Telegraph, particularly worried: the conservative daily recalls that one in two people infected with Covid-19 in the country and admitted to intensive care dies there. “The UK needs you, insist Daily Mail. And need you in good health. It is for this reason that, whatever our partisan affiliation, we must hope that our Prime Minister will recover quickly this evening. ”