Coronavirus: Boris Johnson “still in control” despite admission to hospital


Boris Johnson


PM participated in caregiver clap outside No 11 Downing Street on Thursday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “still very much in charge of the government” despite spending the night in the hospital with a coronavirus, said Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

The PM was taken to London Hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a temperature – for a series of routine tests.

It would be a “precautionary measure” taken on the advice of his doctor.

Mr. Johnson, 55, tested positive for the coronavirus 10 days ago.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will chair Monday’s coronavirus meeting in his place, said Jenrick.

Prime Minister’s spokesman said last month that if Mr. Johnson was ill and unable to work, Mr. Raab, as first secretary of state, would run.

Jenrick told BBC Breakfast: “We hope that as a result of these tests [the prime minister] will be able to get back to Downing Street as soon as possible.

“He has worked extremely hard to run the government and is constantly updated. It will continue. “

“I’m sure it’s very frustrating for him, for someone like Boris who wants to be hands [on] to lead the government from the front, but nevertheless it is still very much in charge of the government, “he added.

President Donald Trump is among those who sent his greetings to Mr. Johnson.

“All Americans pray for him. He is a great friend of mine, a great gentleman and a great leader, “said Mr. Trump, adding that he was sure the Prime Minister would be fine because he is” a strong person “.

And Labor leader Keir Starmer said he hoped the Prime Minister would experience a “quick recovery.”

Health Minister Nadine Dorries, who tested positive for coronavirus last month, said many people with the virus would be “shot down” by fatigue and high temperature and would use isolation for sleep and recover.

“Boris put his health at risk and worked every day on our behalf to lead the battle against this vile virus”, she said in a tweet.

Coronavirus puts strain on highest levels of government

The Prime Minister, alongside the Queen, personifies the country’s public response to this pandemic.

And Boris Johnson continues to live personally the unpleasant reality of the virus.

Downing Street officials are adamant that Johnson remains at the helm of government and is in contact with government colleagues and officials.

But the undeniable reality is that there is nothing conventional, nothing normal about that – whatever routine the Prime Minister receives.

The coronavirus has repeatedly proven its ability to turn the wacky into reality over and over again.

Councilors, civil servants and ministerial colleagues were all forced to isolate themselves.

Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, paralyzes the economy, deprives us of our usual freedoms – and now it is straining the personal ability of the highest levels of government to respond to it.

General practitioner and broadcaster Dr. Sarah Jarvis told the BBC that Mr. Johnson would be likely to have an x-ray of his chest and a lung scan, especially if he had trouble breathing.

She said he is also likely to have an EKG to check the function of his heart, as well as tests on his oxygen levels, white blood cell count, and liver and kidney function before he exits the hospital.

Johnson has worked at home since the announcement of the coronavirus test on March 27.

He was last seen in public applauding the NHS and other key workers in his Downing Street apartment on Thursday evening, and chaired a meeting on remote coronaviruses on Friday morning.

Also on Friday, the Prime Minister posted a video on Twitter in which he said he still had minor symptoms.

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Media captionBoris Johnson posted a video message on Friday

“I always have a temperature. So, according to the advice of the government, I have to continue my self-isolation until this symptom disappears, “he said.

“But we are clearly working on our program all the time to fight the virus. “

On Saturday, her pregnant partner Carrie Symonds tweeted that she had spent a week in bed with the main symptoms.

She said she had not been tested for the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for the virus and returned from his isolation on Thursday to host the daily Downing Street press conference.

The government’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, also had to self-isolate after showing symptoms.

The news of Mr. Johnson’s admission to the hospital came shortly after the Queen sent a rallying message to the nation, saying that the United Kingdom would “succeed” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. .

In a rare speech, the monarch thanked people for following government rules to stay at home and congratulated those who “came together to help others.”

In other developments:

  • Scotland’s chief doctor resigned after two trips to his second home – despite government advice urging people to avoid unnecessary travel

  • National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in online calls and requests for help since the lockout, the charity Refuge said.
  • Street pharmacists “unnecessarily threatened” due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), says Royal Pharmaceutical Society

  • Train drivers union Aslef also demands that London Underground drivers be given masks and gloves to protect them from contracts with Covid-19
  • Young workers and the lowest paid are most likely to be affected by business closings due to coronavirus, according to study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Department of Health said on Sunday that another 621 people died in hospital in the UK after being tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 4,934.

At 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, 47,806 people tested positive for the coronavirus, the department said.

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