Boris Johnson is in “good spirits” after spending a “comfortable” night at the hospital and remains under observation there, said Downing Street.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said he continued to lead the government and was working on official documents from his hospital bed.
Mr. Johnson was admitted to hospital Sunday evening for tests after continuing to show symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
PM wrote on Twitter: “Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went to the hospital for routine tests because I am still suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.
“I am in a good mood and keep in touch with my team as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.” “
He also praised the “brilliant” NHS staff who cared for him – describing him as “the best in Britain” – and reiterated government advice to keep people “at home to protect the NHS and save lives. “
His spokesperson declined to give details of the treatment Mr. Johnson received – or when he could be fired.
“The Prime Minister was admitted to the hospital for tests last night as a precaution,” he said.
“The problem is that his symptoms persist. “
The spokesman added, “The Prime Minister has spent a comfortable night at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and is in a good mood.
“He remains in the hospital under observation. “
In his absence, the daily COVID-19 government meeting was chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, who is de facto Johnson’s deputy prime minister.
However, Johnson’s spokesperson said that he had received his ministerial red box containing his official papers and that he continued to work from the hospital.
“He continues to receive a box. The Prime Minister remains in charge of the government. “
The PM tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and self-isolated in the apartment above 11 Downing Street.
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Mr. Johnson’s admission to the hospital followed the advice of his doctor, as his cough and high temperature continued to persist for more than a week after his diagnosis.
His spokesman said an ambulance was not necessary and Mr. Johnson traveled the short distance from number 10 in “private transportation”, but did not give further details.
He stressed that it was “not an emergency admission” and added: “His care will be dictated by the doctors who care for him”.
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