In an unprecedented development during a public health crisis, the Prime Minister was transferred to intensive care at St Thomas Hospital in London at 7 p.m. Monday as a precaution in case he needed ventilation, a- they say. He remained conscious Monday evening.
A No. 10 spokesperson said, “During the course of this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s condition worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he was transferred to the ICU’s intensive care unit. ‘hospital.
“The Prime Minister has asked Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who is the first secretary of state, to replace him if necessary. The PM receives excellent care and thanks all of the NHS staff for their hard work and dedication. “
Intensive care beds are reserved for those who are very sick, and in the case of Covid-19, often those who must be put on mechanical ventilation to help them breathe. Since his first admission to St. Thomas on Sunday evening, Johnson, 55, has reportedly received oxygen through a non-invasive mask only.
His pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds – who is recovering from coronavirus symptoms – is said to be deeply concerned about Johnson’s condition.
The news of his hospitalization, 11 days after developing a cough and high temperature, raised national and international concerns, world leaders from US President Donald Trump to French President Emmanuel Macron sending their best wishes and support for the recovery of Johnson.
Trump said, “We are very sad to hear that [Johnson] was placed in intensive care this afternoon a short time ago, and the Americans are all praying for his recovery. He’s a very good friend. It really was something very special: strong resolve, don’t quit, don’t give up. “
He said he asked two companies offering coronavirus treatment to contact London “immediately”. “They have really advanced therapy … and they’re already in London, the London office has everything they need.” We will see if we can help you. We have contacted all of Boris’ doctors and we will see what will happen, but they are ready to go. “
Shortly after the announcement, Raab appeared on the air to try to reassure the public, saying government business would continue. He told the BBC that there was “an incredibly strong team spirit” behind Johnson and that the ministers would focus on implementing the plans he had put in place.
He said the Prime Minister was in good hands and receiving excellent care and promised that the government would bring the country through to the pandemic.
Buckingham Palace said of the Queen: “Her Majesty has been kept informed by number 10.”
The decision to hand over power to Raab, 46, was made after cabinet and members of parliament expressed concern that Johnson should have rested instead of working. It also stems from the fact that the severity of the Prime Minister’s coronavirus symptoms – including a persistent cough and high temperature – were underestimated by himself and his aides.
Downing Street was still insisting Monday at noon that the Prime Minister could read his red box of government documents, and at the 5 p.m. daily press conference, Raab said Johnson was still in full charge and was giving instructions .
No. 10 had insisted earlier Monday that Johnson was only hospitalized as a “precautionary measure” and for “routine tests”, having declared until his admission Sunday evening that he suffered from mild symptoms.
Allegations that his condition had not deteriorated were further investigated after it emerged that a bed in St Thomas was being prepared for Johnson as early as Thursday last week. He spent Sunday evening in an empty wing which is normally used for elective procedures, a source said, before being transferred to intensive care on Monday evening.
Prior to his transition to intensive care, the Guardian was told of the ministers’ frustration with Johnson being in charge for so long rather than resting, even after receiving oxygen treatment without being able to shake off the symptoms Covid-19 for 11 days.
It occurred when the death toll in the UK from coronavirus exceeded 5,000 for the first time, increasing from 439 to 5,373. The reported daily increase fell for the second day in a row, but a ministry source Health warned that this may be due to a drop in reports on weekends and said the trend had to be weaker during the week to be cause for optimism.
At the Downing Street daily press conference at 5 pm, Raab said there was still the case that Johnson was “in charge, he directs and gives instructions as needed”.
However, he later admitted that he had not spoken to Johnson since Saturday – the day before the Prime Minister was admitted to hospital on medical advice.
No. 10 insisted that he had been “transparent throughout” Johnson’s condition, although he claimed until his admission to the hospital that his symptoms were “mild” . His spokesman abandoned the description on Monday, saying instead that his cough and temperature were “persistent”.
Two ministers, James Duddridge and Nadine Dorries, suggested that Johnson needed time to recover. Duddridge said it was important that the Prime Minister “rest, take care of yourself and let others do the heavy lifting.” [lifting] “
But Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and friend of the Prime Minister, said he had good reason not to want to go away so far.
He told the BBC: “His first thought was not really for him, it was sort of for the British people. He does not want the British people to feel too worried and worried. He wants them to be calm, which matches the nature of the individual that he is. “
Duncan Smith also tried to allay fears surrounding Johnson’s admission, saying that the public “shouldn’t read the passage to intensive care too much.”
“I’m sure the doctors will have done it to make sure they can stabilize him completely so they can treat whatever he may have.” Like I said, he can have a strong secondary infection that needs to be treated and treated quite urgently, “he said.
After admission to the Prime Minister’s hospital, Raab chaired the daily morning coronavirus meeting, known internally as the “war cabinet”. But several cabinet sources said there was concern that Johnson’s refusal to let go of power had caused powerlessness at the top of the government.
Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser, is also isolated with symptoms of coronavirus and has yet to return to work.
Although the Prime Minister has isolated himself for more than a week, tensions between Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, and Matt Hancock, the secretary of health, have emerged due to competing demands for the impacts of the coronavirus on health and its effects on the economy. Conservative sources insisted that the problems were largely at the level of civil servants.
Meanwhile, Number 10 and the Department of Health were frustrated by the NHS England for allegedly failing to share data quickly enough during the sit-rep [situation reports] State of Service and Public Health England meetings for not agreeing to turn to private companies for external testing capacity quickly enough.
Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, also said that it was “too early” and a “mistake” to have a “serious discussion of all the things we need to do step by step to get to the next phase of management of that. ” without the UK having experienced a spike in cases.
He also stressed that the government should balance many factors when deciding whether to ease the lock. These include people who die directly from the virus itself, indirectly if the NHS is overwhelmed with cases, the effects of postponing other types of health care because of the coronavirus and the long-term impact on people’s health for social and economic reasons.