BORIS Johnson was said to have received oxygen last night after arriving at the hospital for “routine” tests for coronaviruses.
The PM, 55, was admitted to a London hospital last night – 10 days after being tested positive for the virus – and stayed overnight.
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The Times said today that it received oxygen treatment after arriving in the car.
No10 stressed that it was not an emergency trip and that it was a scheduled visit on the advice of his doctor.
Admission was a “precautionary measure” because he continued to have “persistent symptoms”, which were considered high temperature.
The move comes after caregivers became increasingly worried about his health, as Johnson continued to show symptoms for more than a week after being tested positive.
Government aides said Boris had “coughed and stammered” during teleconferences in the past few days.
Most people manage to get rid of their symptoms after a week, with doctors saying that patients are at risk of developing pneumonia if the temperature persists.
A spokesman for Downing Street said last night, “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister was admitted to the hospital for tests this evening.
“This is a precautionary measure because the Prime Minister continues to show persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after being tested positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Dominic Raab, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair this morning’s Covid-19 conference call in the Prime Minister’s absence, but Boris is still in charge of the government.
If he becomes sicker, the PM has the power to delegate responsibility to any minister. It is understood that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and then Michael Gove are next in the chain of command.
Dr. Rupert Beale of the Francis Crick Institute said that Mr. Johnson is likely to be watched for signs such as oxygen saturation.
He said: “They will also check blood tests to see what the immune response to the virus looks like and to assess liver and kidney function.
“They will do an electrocardiogram to check the heart.
“More sophisticated tests can include a CT scan of the chest to get an accurate picture of the lungs.
“They will examine the best way to provide oxygen and will also consider other treatments based on the test results.”
General practitioner Dr. Ellie Cannon said the most common reason why coronavirus patients were admitted to hospital was “signs of shortness of breath”.
She added that having the virus beyond ten days is a “red flag” and that some patients who failed to get rid of the symptoms had developed a bacterial infection in addition to the virus.
Dr. Cannon told Sky News, “Shortness of breath is a worrisome sign of serious illness and can occur at any time during the illness, it can happen on the seventh or tenth day. “
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Michael Gove’s wife Sarah Vine tweeted last night that he was working hard despite his illness.
She said, “Boris worked nonstop throughout his illness – and now we see the result. “
And a cabinet minister told the Financial Times: “It may be the jolt, the awakening that he realizes he needs to rest to recover.
“He was very reluctant to go to the hospital. “
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said this morning that he heard the Prime Minister “is doing well.”
He told Radio 4: ” He worked extremely hard.
“I know that for him personally, it must have been very frustrating for him to go to the hospital for these tests when he wants to conduct them head on. “
“He will be updated regularly during his stay in the hospital, as he did when he isolates himself. “
Aides said he would stay as long as he needed to.
Last night, President Donald Trump said that all of America was praying for Mr. Johnson’s speedy recovery.
He said at a White House press conference, “I want to express our nation’s wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he leads his own personal fight against the virus.
“All Americans pray for him, he is a friend of mine, he is a great gentleman and a great leader.
“He was brought to the hospital today, but I am hopeful and I am sure he will be fine. He’s a strong man, a strong person. “
The new Labor leader, Sir Keir Starmer, and rival Conservative leadership Jeremy Hunt were among the many British politicians who wished him luck.
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Last Friday, the public’s first on-camera engagement with the public took place while he was recording a video on Twitter telling viewers that he was still showing symptoms.
His voice was hoarse and he seemed exhausted.
It appeared on Saturday that Mr. Johnson’s pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, 32, was also suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
But she said she was “on the mend” after spending a week in bed.
She tweeted Saturday night, “I didn’t need to get tested and after seven days off, I feel stronger and I’m on the right track. Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrisome. “