British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has Covid-19, is in intensive care. His office said so. The move was made on the advice of his doctors, it said in a statement. Johnson’s condition deteriorated over the course of the afternoon.
According to a government spokesman, Johnson asked Secretary of State Dominic Raab to represent him where necessary. Johnson thanks all employees of the National Health Service NHS for their excellent work. According to media reports, Johnson is conscious.
Numerous politicians wished the 55-year-old a speedy recovery. “My thoughts are with the Prime Minister and with his family – I send him all the best wishes,” tweeted the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak also said on Twitter that his thoughts were with Johnson and his pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds.
The British Prime Minister had tested positive for the corona virus ten days ago and has been trying since then; to cure the consequences of his Covid 19 disease. Because of a persistent high fever, however, he had been hospitalized the evening before.
Cabinet witnessed panting and coughing premier
Symonds had spent a week in bed with symptoms of lung disease. The couple announced their engagement at the end of February. The baby is said to be born in early summer.
A spokeswoman had justified the admission to the St. Thomas Hospital in London with the fact that Johnson still showed “persistent symptoms” ten days after his positive corona test.
He had only continued government business in isolation from Downing Street and initially wanted to do so from the hospital. However, British media had previously reported that Johnson was badly hit. In a video conference, his cabinet had seen a premier “panting and coughing” nonstop. (Read more about the UK situation here.)
In early March, Johnson had bragged about shaking hands in a hospital, including Covid 19 patients. He would continue to do that, he said at the time.