A senior minister insisted that Boris Johnson was fit enough to drive the country from his hospital bed after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
Robert Jenrick, the secretary of the communities, said that Johnson continued to run the country from an NHS hospital, despite concerns that the Prime Minister worked rather than rested last week.
Johnson was admitted Sunday evening with a high fever on the advice of his doctor, Downing Street claiming that he was undergoing routine tests. He was kept overnight.
Most coronavirus patients are hospitalized for more than a week on average. However, Jenrick told BBC Breakfast, “We all hope and hope he can get back to # 10 very soon. “
If his condition worsens, Dominic Raab, the secretary of foreign affairs and first secretary of state, is the designated minister to take charge. Raab is expected to chair a Monday morning meeting of the C-19 government committee, which is leading the pandemic response.
The pound fell against the dollar and the euro on Monday night as currency markets feared that Johnson might be out of action. The Prime Minister hoped to leave quarantine on Friday, but his persistent temperature forced him to stay in his apartment at 11 Downing Street.
The Guardian learned last week that Johnson was more seriously ill than he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was seen by doctors worried about his breathing.
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