BORIS Johnson remains gravely ill – near a ventilator – after being transferred to intensive care at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital.
Friends and leaders around the world have praised PM’s fighting spirit and tenacity, saying he is “Much fitter than it looks”.
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How’s Boris Johnson?
PM Covid-19’s infection worsened yesterday, and he began to struggle to breathe and needed oxygen.
As he was already at St Thomas Hospital, he was transferred to the intensive care unit, where he will be closely followed by the intensive care staff.
Intensive care is necessary if a person is seriously ill and requires intensive treatment and close monitoring, according to the NHS.
“Most people in the intensive care unit have problems with one or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.
“Common reasons include a serious infection, such as sepsis or severe pneumonia,” says the service.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to St. Thomas on Sunday after suffering from persistent coronavirus symptoms, including high temperature and cough, for more than ten days.
But, his condition quickly dropped over the next 24 hours, and he was transferred to an intensive care unit, where the most severe cases of coronavirus are treated.
Although Mr. Johnson was given oxygen for breathing problems, his office said yesterday that he was still conscious and that he had been transferred to intensive care in case he was put on a ventilator.
In another update, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on LBC radio this morning: “He’s not on a fan, no.
“The Prime Minister has received oxygen support and he is, of course, under close surveillance.
” [Mr Johnson] is in intensive care, being cared for by her medical team, receiving the best care from the St. Thomas team. ”
Gove said he was not sure if he had been diagnosed with pneumonia.
Another buddy, Will Walden, Johnson’s former director of communications when he was mayor of London, said he was “much fitter than he seems.”
He explained to BBC Radio 4 said there were no major underlying health issues, while pointing out that Mr. Johnson ” will whip anyone’s butt on a tennis court – he runs regularly, he does not smoke and he drinks moderately.
“So I think if someone is in a good physical and mental position to fight the disease, then the Prime Minister is that person. “
Former Prime Minister David Cameron said: ” You are in good hands and we all want you to be safe, well and back at 10 Downing Street. ”
There has been no change in his condition overnight, two sources close to him said Tuesday, Reuters said.
When was he admitted to intensive care?
Boris Johnson was rushed to intensive care last night as his fight against the coronavirus worsened dramatically.
Equipment that can be used on an intensive care unit includes a ventilator – a machine that helps breathe – via a tube.
It will be attached to monitor equipment to measure important bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level.
Mr. Johnson is also likely to have IV lines and pumps – tubes inserted into a vein (intravenously) to provide fluids, nutrition and medication.
Doctors watching PM carefully at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital yesterday afternoon were alarmed by its deterioration.
When did he first experience symptoms of coronavirus?
- March 27: Johnson said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and self-isolated with “mild symptoms” including high temperature and persistent cough. Health secretary Matt Hancock was also diagnosed with the disease, while Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer of health, isolated himself after experiencing symptoms. PM pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, also self-isolated after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
- March 28: One day after revealing that he had contracted the virus, he chaired a meeting of the Covid-19 war cabinet at 11 Downing Street. Working alone, Mr. Johnson began to hold meetings via video link.
- March 29: Mr. Johnson posted a video message saying, “We will do it, we will do it together. I think one thing that the coronavirus crisis has already proven is that there really is such a thing as society. “
- March 30: He tweeted, “Thank you to the 20,000 former employees who returned to the NHS. But after presiding over another cabinet meeting, sources revealed that during these video calls, he “coughed and stammered” his way through them.
- March, 31st: Still isolated, Johnson warned that the pandemic “would get worse before it got better” in the UK. He urged people to follow the rules of social distancing to save lives.
- First of April: A PM clearly misreported a video on his Twitter account, where he said, ” We will defeat the coronavirus together by staying at home, protecting our NHS and saving lives. ”
- April 2: Downing Street argued that Mr. Johnson suffered only from “mild symptoms”. PM first appeared in public after his diagnosis, applauding caregivers at the 11 Downing Street stage, where he was still self-insulating.
- April 3: He posted an update on Twitter, claiming he was still leading the Covid-19 battle of self-isolation because it was still very hot. In comparison, Matt Hancock had returned to Westminster, a week after being tested positive for the disease.
- April 4: The Mail on Sunday quoted a source as saying that the Prime Minister “has not had enough rest and is still leading from the front. Obviously, this is starting to slow down his healing. He must lie down. “
- April 5: Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas Hospital on Sunday evening after suffering from persistent symptoms of coronavirus, including high temperature and cough, for more than ten days.
- April 6: The Prime Minister was transferred to intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he was given oxygen when he was having trouble breathing. Before his transfer, he asked Foreign Minister Dominic Raab to replace him.
- April 7: Johnson remains in the St Thomas ICU near a ventilator while being closely monitored 24 hours a day.
Who replaces Boris during his hospitalization?
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, 46, is currently the Prime Minister’s deputy.
His additional title of First Secretary or State meant that he was the second in line to assume the responsibilities of the Prime Minister.
Raab said last night: “The Prime Minister has asked me to deputize for him, if necessary, to advance government plans to defeat the coronavirus.
“As you know, he receives excellent care at St Thomas Hospital. “