BORIS Johnson is now sitting in bed and is “improving” as he battles the coronavirus in intensive care, said the Chancellor this evening.
PM, 55, is not on a ventilator and continues to be treated at St Thomas Hospital in south London.
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He is “clinically stable” and well cared for, said No10 this afternoon.
And the Chancellor gave other good news about the Prime Minister’s condition at tonight’s press conference.
Rishi Sunak told the nation, “The PM remains in intensive care where his condition improves.
“He is sitting in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team. “
The news will be a good sign that the PM will not need to put on a ventilator to help him breathe.
He’s been on oxygen therapy for a few days to help his lungs.
No10 said today: “PM remains clinically stable and responds to treatment
“He continues to be treated in the intensive care unit of St Thomas Hospital.
“He is in a good mood.
“The PM receives standard oxygen therapy and needs no further assistance. “
Boris is no longer working from his Downing Street hospital, said today.
Last night, he was hailed as a “fighter” and the Queen ruled the world by sending him messages of support.
Despite initial fears, doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital in London decided that there was no need to put him on a ventilator and sedate him.
Test results yesterday also revealed that he had no pneumonia. But his doctors always keep him in the ICU “for close monitoring”.
And last night, The Times reported that the persistent high temperature of the stricken prime minister fell at the first sign that he could beat the disease.
But No10 declined to comment on the claims or say he’s involved in experimental trials of coronavirus drugs.
Medical experts have predicted that Johnson may need several weeks off work to recover from his ordeal once he is able to leave intensive care.
The PM has no contact with the outside world apart from brief messages relayed by the doctors since his entry into intensive care. He was robbed of his two cell phones.
No10 collaborators dismissed rumors that Mr. Johnson was suffering from an underlying health problem and stressed that he had lost weight since reaching the 17th when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs.
News of Mr. Johnson’s progress came as:
The Queen directed the royal family’s vows to Boris as world leaders praised his courage.
Buckingham Palace said that Her Majesty had sent a private message to the Prime Minister, his pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, and his extended family.
The Palace spokesman added: “Her Majesty has said that she is on her mind and that she wishes the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery”.
Prince William said: “Our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, who, like so many others in the UK and around the world, are affected by coronavirus.
“We wish him a speedy recovery during this difficult time.”
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Both Raab and Professor Whitty stressed that Britain must reach the top first before seeing if the lockdowns 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, but Sadiq Khan said earlier that he could be in 10 days.
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.
Ministers also sought today to quash allegations that schools may reopen as early as the Easter recess.
A minister said it could help kick-start the economy.
But tonight, government sources stressed that this would not happen until the lockdown ends.
And they said it was very unlikely to happen after the holiday break.
It was decided yesterday that Mr. Raab, who is also the first secretary of state, will not give the queen the usual weekly updates from the Prime Minister. Rather, she will await the return of Mr. Johnson.
On his first day as a replacement PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab held a videoconference meeting with the rest of the Cabinet this afternoon.
He promised Johnson that Cabinet would not “blink” in the national fight against Covid-19.
Hosting the daily No10 press conference on the battle against viruses, he said of Boris: “I am sure he will get by because if there is one thing I know about this Premier Minister, he’s a fighter and he will be back at the helm to guide us through this crisis in no time. ”
Mr. Raab added poignantly, “As will be the case for so many people across the country who know someone at work who has fallen ill with coronavirus, this is shocking to all of us.
“He is not only the Prime Minister and he is not only our boss. He is also a colleague and he is also our friend. “
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson added: “The government has a very clear plan to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, as defined by the Prime Minister.
“Everyone is very clear about what needs to be done. “
No10 insisted that the severity of Mr. Johnson’s condition was not hidden on Monday after saying that he only went to the hospital for “routine tests”. Officials said it deteriorated quickly later in the afternoon.
I am confident he will succeed because if I know something about this Prime Minister, he is a fighter.
Downing Street insisted, “We have been very frank with you all along. We have provided you with regular updates on the Prime Minister’s health. “
It has been announced that Chancellor Rishi Sunak, 39, as the next cabinet successor, will take over as deputy leader if Raab, 46, also succumbs to the virus.
Politicians from all walks of life have come together to best send Mr. Johnson and offer their prayers.
Boris’ former Conservative Prime Minister and old university friend David Cameron nicknamed him “a very tough, resilient and very fit person,” adding: “I know this from facing him on the tennis court. “
Cameron said, “He has a tremendous joy in living, getting things done, leading and making decisions. I know he will want to heal and regain control. “
Prime Minister Predecessor Theresa May also said that “her thoughts and prayers are with Boris” and wished him “a speedy recovery”.
New Labor leader millionaire Sir Keir Starmer said: “All our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during these difficult times.
“This is a national crisis and the Labor Party will act in the national interest, working constructively with the government.”
Shadow Labor Secretary Jonathan Ashworth added, “It’s not about who you voted for, he’s our Prime Minister, we need him to get the better of the country. “
It appeared today that Mr. Raab cannot launch any military action without obtaining the authorization of the National Security Council.
The powers of the successor PM are much more limited than those of Mr. Johnson.
Emergency protocols require Raab to consult with cabinet ministers and intelligence chiefs on the NSC before launching new operations.
They should also be approved by the whole of Cabinet.
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A senior government official said, “He needs collective responsibility for almost everything that is substantial.”
The ministers refused to discuss officials at the British nuclear arsenal in the absence of Johnson.
But No10 confirmed that the “letters of last resort” that the Prime Minister wrote to the commanders of the nuclear submarines have remained in place and will not be changed.
The sun says
BRITTANY has been severely shaken by the coronavirus pandemic.
That the life of our recently elected Prime Minister is in danger has become a serious blow.
But Boris Johnson has already overcome all the difficulties and can do it again.
In 2008, he surprised many people to become mayor of London, a Labor city. In 2016, he once again beat the odds to lead the Leave campaign to an astonishing and unexpected referendum victory.
And barely four months ago, he broke them to pieces to win a huge mandate in the general election.
With the help of our great NHS, we hope he will beat him too.
Right now, however, he is facing the fight of his life. And he and his pregnant fiancée need the support of the country they love.
So today, let’s put aside party politics. Let’s ignore the vile tweets. And let’s take a moment these days to pray for Boris Johnson: father, father to be and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Get well soon, sir. The nation needs you.
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. “
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