Boris Johnson can run country from hospital bed, British minister says | Politics


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. “

What are the restrictions?

People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities as rarely as possible
  • One form of exercise per day – for example, running, walking, or biking – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travel to and from work, but only when absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

The police will have the power to enforce the rules, including fines and the dispersal of rallies. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government:

  • Close all stores selling non-essential items, including clothing and electronics stores and other premises, including libraries, outdoor playgrounds and gymnasiums, and places of worship
  • Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding the people you live with
  • Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals

The parks will remain open for the exercise, but the rallies will be dispersed.

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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Public Health England data at 11:13 BST April 6, 2020


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