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President Donald Trump extended his best wishes to the Prime Minister on Monday and said at a press briefing: “All Americans are praying for him, he is a friend of mine, he is a great gentleman and a great leader “
Johnson also received support closer to home, with various European leaders wishing him a speedy recovery.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Monday: “I send my full support to Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time. I wish him a speedy recovery during this testing period. “
Meanwhile, the German government spokesman tweeted a photo of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson together, and expressed the hope that Johnson will recover quickly.
Spanish President Pedro Sanchez also tweeted his best wishes and expressed solidarity with the Prime Minister, saying: “These are difficult days for our countries, but thanks to strength and unity we will succeed in winning this battle. A hug to all the British people. “
The Prime Minister tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and is said to be suffering from “mild symptoms”. But Johnson was admitted to London’s St Thomas’s Hospital on Sunday evening for “tests” because of his “persistent symptoms.”
A Downing Street statement said that during Monday afternoon, “the Prime Minister’s condition worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he was transferred to the intensive care unit of the hospital. “
The BBC reported that Johnson received oxygen on Monday afternoon. He was transferred to intensive care to get closer to a ventilator, if necessary. The virus attacks the respiratory system and can cause pneumonia. For the sickest, ventilation (which itself carries risks) is necessary to support the respiratory process and allow the immune system to focus on fighting the virus.
The Johnson team said on Monday that the Prime Minister was still aware and not yet ventilated, however. Johnson himself tweeted Monday afternoon that he was “in a good mood”.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will replace the Prime Minister, the government said “if necessary”.
Messages of support from other leaders come as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world. The United States, which has the highest number of infections, has reported more than 368,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 10,989 deaths.
Spain and Italy are the most affected countries in Europe with more than 130,000 confirmed cases each. The United Kingdom recorded 52,279 confirmed cases and 5,385 deaths.
The pandemic has overshadowed geopolitical squabbles with old enmities set aside as countries pool all their resources to fight the virus. The UK was supposed to negotiate a trade deal with the EU after Brexit, but it seems to have been shelved as governments focus on the virus.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted support for the Prime Minister, as did Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who recovered after contracting the coronavirus.