Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital for precautionary testing after Downing Street admitted that the Prime Minister was still suffering from severe coronavirus symptoms.
Johnson, who started developing signs of the virus 10 days ago, continued to lead the government despite the fact that he did not appear well in his video messages. Last Friday, he released a video claiming to “feel better” although he has not fully recovered.
“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister was admitted to the hospital this evening for tests,” said a spokesman for Downing Street. “This is a precautionary measure because the Prime Minister continues to show persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after being tested positive for the virus.”
Johnson thanked NHS staff for their “incredible hard work” and urged the public to continue to follow government advice to stay home.
His girlfriend Carrie Symonds, who is at least six months pregnant, was also diagnosed with Covid-19, we learned on Sunday. “I spent the last week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus,” she said on Twitter. “I didn’t need to be tested and after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the right track.”
Colleagues said they were pleased that the 55-year-old Prime Minister admitted that he needed more medical help. “It may be the jolt, the awakening that he realizes he needs to rest to recover,” said a cabinet minister. “He was very reluctant to go to the hospital.”
Aides said Johnson was still experiencing severe symptoms, including high temperature, and that he went to the hospital for tests on the advice of his doctor. They said it was not an emergency admission, but did not say whether he would stay overnight at the hospital.
They said that Mr. Johnson remained at the head of the government and was still in contact with colleagues and departmental officials. If he becomes too unable to work, the “designated survivor” who will replace the post of Prime Minister would be Dominic Raab, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The British government confirmed earlier that the death toll from the virus was 621 on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 4,934, including 16,702 hospitalized so far.
Mr. Johnson first developed mild symptoms – a persistent cough and temperature – 10 days ago. Friday, March 27, he had been tested and confirmed as the first G7 leader to be infected with Covid-19.
Subsequently, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive, although he is now back to work and fully recovered.
Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, went into solitary confinement after showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Johnson sought to present a cheerful brow throughout the infection, telling the British public that he would use the “magic of modern technology” to stay in close contact with colleagues to lead the national response to the virus. .
Sunday evening, there were expressions of goodwill from all political horizons.
Jonathan Ashworth, the ghost secretary of health, said he was looking forward to seeing the Prime Minister in good health and in good health. “I send my best wishes to Boris Johnson and his family this evening for a speedy recovery.”