The British prime minister, who was diagnosed with the CCP Virus 10 days ago, has been admitted to a hospital and is now in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been in self- isolation since his diagnosis, however, his condition worsened on Monday, April 6. He was transported to St .Thomas’s Hospital in central London at around 8 p.m. local time Sunday. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked by Johnson “to deputize for him where necessary,” said a statement from Downing Street.
“I am absolutely confident that we will beat it and we will beat it together, and we will do it by staying at home,” Johnson said in a message posted last week.
U.S. President Donald Trump wished Johnson a speedy recovery on Sunday, reported the VOA.
“I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” President Trump said at the beginning of a White House press conference Sunday. “All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine, is a great gentleman and a great leader. And he’s, as you know, he was brought to the hospital today. But I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s a strong man, a strong person.”
“He is in charge,” the foreign secretary told the daily press briefing. “The PM will take the medical advice he gets from his doctor.” Raab said he had not spoken to Johnson personally since Saturday.
Johnson tweeted, “Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms.”
“I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe,” he said.
“I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time. You are the best of Britain.”
“Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 6, 2020
Although Britain has suffered a dark week of infection, there is a glimmer of hope. The number of deaths has fallen by 30 percent since yesterday.
The UK has declared 439 more deaths caused by the coronavirus on April 7, taking the total to 5,373, and 3,802 new positive tests have pushed the number of patients up to 51,608. The number of deaths recorded yesterday was 621.
There is more hope on the horizon, as countries around Europe, including Italy, Spain, and Germany, appear to be seeing death rates fall—Germany’s outbreak appears to have hit its peak already with just 1,600 deaths.