BORIS Johnson is a “fighter” and will be fired from intensive care, said Dominic Raab tonight.
The PM replacement said tonight that the PM was still “stable” and “in good spirits” at the hospital, and he was sure that the whole country would send him his best wishes.
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The Prime Minister had more oxygen support but did NOT need a ventilator or breathing aid, confirmed tonight.
Raab said at the press conference tonight, “It is not just the Prime Minister, it is not only our boss, he is a colleague and a friend.
“All our prayers are with the PM, Carrie and all her family.
“I am sure he will get out of it. If I know one thing about this PM, he is a fighter.
“I can reassure the Prime Minister and we can reassure the public, we will not blink, we will not back down from the task at hand. “
Boris was rushed to intensive care last night after his condition deteriorated.
But he hasn’t gotten worse in the past 12 hours and is still able to breathe without help. He has no pneumonia.
In a joint statement from Downing Street and St Thomas Hospital, they said: “The PM has remained stable overnight and remains in good spirits.
“He receives standard oxygen treatment and breathes without any other assistance.
“He didn’t need mechanical ventilation or non-invasive breathing assistance.”
The news came as:
Tonight, Professor Chris Whitty admitted that Britain was also trapped behind Germany at the start of the epidemic.
He said during briefing No10 when asked why other countries are testing more than us: “Germany has gotten ahead of the tests and there is a lot to learn from that. “
Ministers have promised to increase the number of tests to 100,000 per day by the end of the month, but scientists are skeptical of the target.
Britain fights for supplies and chemicals with other countries during the epidemic.
Germany has tested many more people than Britain in weeks – and has recorded fewer deaths.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said the latest number of new cases shows that the UK could start to see the curve start to flatten out.
However, he also said at the daily Downing Street briefing today that it would take at least a week before the experts were certain.
Experts today question the formal extension of the lockdown next week.
Boris initially said it would last three weeks and would therefore end on Monday.
But Mr Raab and Professor Whitty stressed that Britain must first reach the top before seeing if the lock-in measures can be changed or relaxed.
Professor Whitty said, “This is really important that we get to the point where we are convinced that we are beyond the summit.
“There are a lot of different things that we have to take into account here. “
The peak is expected to take place this weekend.
Government sources said earlier that a formal extension of the lockdown could not take place on Monday but would be around that date.
In the coronavirus law that was rushed to the House of Commons last month, it says that the Secretary of Health must review the lockout measures by April 16 – next Thursday.
Boris was transferred to intensive care last night after he started to experience difficulty breathing.
Doctors have prepared a ventilation unit to be ready at his bedside if his condition worsens – and No10 pointed out that there is more than enough ventilation capacity.
PM needed four liters of oxygen, sources in the hospital told The Times.
The normal threshold for intensive care is 15 liters, which suggests that he was healthier than other patients.
However, as recently as December 2018, the PM admitted that he weighed 16 and a half stones, which would place him in an obese category.
He is believed to have lost a large chunk of weight since then.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC at lunchtime, “He has a huge joie de vivre, to get things done, to lead and to make decisions.
“I know he will want to heal and regain control. “
The number of deaths has increased by 786 today, bringing the total to more than 6,000.
Positive cases rose to 55,242 from 51,608 yesterday as Britain continues to be caught in the deadly disease.
Michael Gove said it was “a huge shock” that Boris’ condition had worsened and that everyone “was taking root for him.”
He told Good Morning Britain: “We hope and pray that he will get away with it.
“It was a shock yesterday to hear the news of his entry into intensive care.
“We all want him to succeed.
“He is a guy with a generous and generous heart, we support him. “
He insisted that the PM wanted to continue working throughout his illness because “he loves this country”.
He told BBC Breakfast: “The Prime Minister loves this country, he wants to do his best for us.
“This is one of the reasons why he is sure he was involved in all decision-making and all meetings. “
But he said he had withdrawn his journal for the past few days and had followed all the medical advice he had been given.
All decisions that need to be made will be made collectively as a group, he added, and the lockout will be reviewed by the team “in good time” – with or without the PM.
“As the Prime Minister’s case so strongly reminds us, this disease can affect any of us,” he said.
Before the Prime Minister’s transfer last night, he officially transferred his responsibilities to his de facto deputy, Dominic Raab.
Foreign Minister Raab, who is also the first secretary of state, will now head the government and take charge of the fight against the virus.
Boris’s condition worsened during Monday, and doctors decided to transfer him to intensive care around 7 p.m.
Dr Hilary of the television said he was likely to be “very sick for two to three weeks”.
He told Good Morning Britain earlier, “The general practitioners and medical colleagues I know who have recovered from Covid-19 and who have breastfed at home say it is a life-changing experience. “
The news comes 11 days after Boris was diagnosed with the virus.
He had continued to work while isolating himself in his apartment in Downing St, but was struggling to get rid of his fever.
This morning, Boris’ former director of communications and friend Will Walden said the PM was “a really, really strong guy” and “much fitter than he looks.”
He told BBC Radio 4 Today: “He will whip anyone’s butt on a tennis court, he runs regularly, he does not smoke, he drinks moderately.
“So I think if someone is in a good physical and mental position to fight the disease, then the Prime Minister is that person. “
Walden said he had been in touch with Johnson a few times in the past fortnight, adding, “I had a brief chat with him last week during which I was most concerned about the fact that he is isolated and by what he told me. was “don’t worry, we’ll beat him”.
“What he meant by that, which is typical of Boris, is that we, as a country, will come together to fight this disease, rather than think for himself about it – and that is fairly typical of humans. “
Doctors warn Boris may need ventilation – and could fight for his life
Dr. Carol Cooper of SUN said last night, “Covid-19 is a new infection and we don’t know everything about it, but experience so far has shown that if complications develop from second week, they are potentially very serious.
“No patient is transferred to intensive care unless the doctors are very concerned about their condition.
“It is fair to say that if Boris is in intensive care, then he is fighting for his life right now. “
Professor Mike Grocott, of the Royal College of Anesthetists and professor of intensive care at the University of Southampton told The Sun: “The most common reason for admitting a patient to the ITU is if he needs a ventilator or if his condition has greatly deteriorated and doctors need more controlled equipment.
“They usually want all the right people, the right equipment and the right medicine there and ready in case they need a ventilator.
“It allows for better monitoring and the option of a ventilator if the Prime Minister needs assisted breathing. “
If, as would be the case with the Prime Minister, he does not yet need a full fan, Professor Grocott said other options are available.
One option is the continuous positive pressure mask (CPAP), while another is known as non-invasive ventilation (VIN).
“Instead, they can use a well-fitting mask, it’s a type of ventilator that can help breathe but obviates the need for full ventilation.
“It is not uncommon to test this approach first.
“It is likely that they will start with either CPAP or NIV before putting a patient on an appropriate ventilator. “
Professor Grocott said the mask is less invasive and does not require intubation – when a patient is sedated.
He told the Sun, in the case of Covid-19, that the most common reason for patients to end up in the ITU is a lung problem, “whether it is technically pneumonia” or not.
With a new disease, and each case being different, Professor Grocott said it was difficult to say how patients would respond to treatment.
He said in some cases, patients would respond to the adjusted mask – non-invasive ventilation – but added, “If it doesn’t work, the disease can progress quickly.”
In very rare cases, Professor Grocott has stated that patients with Covid-19 may need more than standard ventilation.
Describing the ECMO machine, he said it was similar to cardiac bypass surgery, where the machine efficiently takes over all the function of the lungs.
But, he reassured, adding that Mr. Johnson is in the best place.
“St Thomas has some of the most Covid-19 experience, it is one of the largest centers and they have certainly seen a large number of Covid-19 patients. He is in good hands. “
He added, “He is someone who always, always wants to always do his best, to make a difference for the best.
“We all hope that he can be restored as soon as possible. “
He stressed that Boris “is full of life and fit, he is a tennis player and an avid runner.
“He is a man full of enthusiasm and an appetite for life. “
Buckingham Palace says the Queen is “kept informed” by No10 on the condition of the Prime Minister.
President Donald Trump issued messages of support, saying, “I want to send my best wishes to a very good friend of mine – and a friend of our nation. The Americans are all praying for his recovery. “
And politicians from all walks of life and around the world wished the Prime Minister the best.
The hashtag #PrayForBoris immediately started to prove itself on Twitter as tens of thousands of Britons urged the Prime Minister to pass.
Partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, also suffered from symptoms and was isolated from the PM.
She said on Saturday that she was “on the mend” after seven days off.
It is not known when she last saw the PM.
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It is not known if the PM has underlying issues that could affect his health.
Initial research on patients with the virus in other countries suggested a 45% mortality rate for patients in his age group – but many of them had other health problems and the size of the sample was small.
Data from the National Critical Care Research and Audit Center showed that men were more affected than women – and those with weight problems were known to be even more at risk.
Professor Derek Hill, professor of medical imagery at University College London (UCL), said that the PM probably would have had difficulty breathing, which prompted him to go to the hospital.
He said: “It appears that he was initially put on oxygen and that he was conscious.
“One of the hallmarks of Covid-19 in all countries seems to be that many more men fall seriously ill than women – especially in the age group over 40.
“We also know that people under the age of 60 seem to be more likely to recover from serious illness with Covid-19 than the elderly.
“But there is no doubt that this turn of events means that Boris Johnson is extremely ill. “
Edinburgh University professor Linda Bauld said the news showed how blind the virus was.
“Anyone, including the most privileged in our society, can be affected and become seriously ill.
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“It is imperative now, more than ever, that we all remain in compliance with government directives to stay at home and not endanger others.
“Questions will be asked in the future about whether the British government has acted appropriately to keep the parliament open and the meetings face to face when the rest of the country was already following the advice of closure.
“For now, however, all our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, as well as the many other families who face similar circumstances with seriously ill loved ones. “
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