UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit at a London hospital on Monday night after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, his office said in a statement. 

Johnson, 55, has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “to deputize for him where necessary,” according to a Downing Street statement.

“Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St. Thomas' Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus, the statement said. 

Johnson tested positive for the respiratory illness on March 17, the first major world leader to publicly acknowledge having COVID-19. His symptoms include a high temperature and a cough.

Earlier Monday, Johnson tweeted that he had a “comfortable night” and was in “good spirits” while receiving regular briefings from his cabinet and government advisers. 

Johnson's illness means that he has had to effectively step away from day-to-day governing as Britain, like much of the world, faces the worst public health crisis in a century. Britain has more than 51,000 confirmed cases, and 5,300 deaths, and the virus' peak in the country is expected as soon as this weekend.  

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