Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stable and “in a good mood” and in the hospital


Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, London, for the House of Commons for Prime Minister's questions.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “in a good mood” after spending the night in the intensive care unit being treated for coronavirus, said number 10.

A spokesperson said that Johnson, 55, was stable overnight, was receiving oxygen, and was not on a ventilator.

This comes as Cabinet Minister Michael Gove became the last politician to isolate himself after a family member showed symptoms.

Mr gove said he had no symptoms and continued to work at home.

Mr. Johnson was admitted to St Thomas Hospital in central London with “persistent symptoms” of Covid-19 on Sunday and was transferred to intensive care at 7:00 pm BST Monday after his symptoms worsened.

The Queen sent a message to Mr. Johnson’s family and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, saying that they were on her mind and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery, said Buckingham Palace.

In a statement released Tuesday, a spokesman for Downing Street said, “The Prime Minister has remained stable overnight and remains in good spirits. He receives standard oxygen treatment and breathes without any other assistance.

“He didn’t need mechanical ventilation or non-invasive breathing assistance. “

A ventilator supports the body’s respiratory process when the disease has caused lung failure.

Johnson has no pneumonia, added Downing Street.

Dr. Jon Bennett, President of the British Thoracic Society, said it was “encouraging” that the PM received “standard oxygen treatment” – through the nose or through a face mask – because in more cases severe, it would be delivered by mechanical support, such as continuous positive airway pressure, high flow nasal oxygen or more invasive ventilators.

The spokesperson said the mood in government is “determined” and the ministers have a very clear plan drawn up by Mr. Johnson to respond to the pandemic.

The Prime Minister’s weekly hearing with the Queen will not take place, although he will be kept regularly informed of his condition, the spokesman added.

Speaking to Today’s program on BBC Radio 4, Gove promised that if his condition changes, “No. 10 will keep the country up to date.”

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Foreign Minister Dominic Raab replaces the PM and chaired the government’s daily coronavirus meeting on Tuesday.

As First Secretary of State, Mr. Raab is the minister designated to replace Mr. Johnson if he is ill and unable to work.

Raab said earlier that there is an “incredibly strong team spirit” behind the Prime Minister and that he and his colleagues are making sure to implement the plans that Johnson asked them to implement. work “as soon as possible”.

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Mr. Raab arrived at No. 10 for his first job to chair the daily government meeting on the virus

Some politicians have called for clarity on what is involved in Mr. Raab’s role as an MP, including Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who asked for more details “on the current responsibility for UK national security decisions”.

Lord Heseltine, who was Deputy Prime Minister under John Major, said it will be “a very difficult personal position” for Mr. Raab, who “will be put to the test by the loneliness of the job.”

“He will be surrounded by many people who know what Boris Johnson said, think Boris will be back quickly and will have their own agendas anyway,” he said.

Former cabinet member and peer Tory Baroness Morgan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett Show that if Mr. Raab was “incredibly capable”, there was “no way he would have wanted to be in this situation “

She added, “I think the reason people were so stunned and taken aback and feeling so involved in the Prime Minister’s health is because Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, he gets a lot of coverage.

“Obviously, he was very much ahead and in the center of an election campaign, which seems to go back a million years, but only a few months ago, and people are investing a lot of hope in their leaders in this period of national crisis. “

Gove is the last minister to isolate himself after Johnson, Secretary of Health Matt Hancock and Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.

The government’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, and the Prime Minister’s adviser, Dominic Cummings, also spent time in isolation after showing symptoms.

Mr. Johnson’s condition means that his fiancé, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with their first child, cannot visit him at the hospital.

She said this weekend that she was “on the mend” after being forced to isolate herself after showing symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, world leaders and political colleagues have sent messages to Johnson to wish him luck.

Newly elected Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer called it “terribly sad news,” adding, “All thoughts of the country are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Russian Vladimir Putin wished Mr. Johnson a speedy recovery, saying “he is confident that your energy, your optimism and your sense of humor will help you overcome the disease.”

And US President Donald Trump said that Americans “all pray for his recovery,” describing Mr. Johnson as “a very good friend of mine and a friend of our nation” who is “strong” and “never give up.” .

In other developments:

It comes as the number of deaths at UK coronavirus hospital reached 5,373, an increase of 439 in one day.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said there were now 51,608 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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