Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street said.
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Boris Johnson is ‘stable’ in hospital today after a second night in intensive care – amid growing fears about a power vacuum at the heart of government.
The Prime Minister’s fever is said to have dipped in a positive sign as he continues to be constantly observed in St Thomas’ in central London.
However, there are fears that even the best outcome of his coronavirus battle will see him operating for weeks, with experts warning that a ‘gradual return’ to work may be needed.
There are also concerns about the Prime Minister’s care while he was alone, amid suggestions that he was not physically monitored and only consulted via video link with a doctor. There are claims that social isolation rules are being thrown down in Downing Street as the crisis unfolds, with meetings in cramped rooms and people coughing freely.
Tory MPs are calling for a review of the premier’s medical arrangements, saying the lack of protection has been ‘revealed’ by the latest crisis.
The UK leader has completely different arrangements for their health support than in the US, where the president has a dedicated medical team and emergency facilities constantly on standby.
A spokesman said he had been moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving “excellent care”.
Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to delegate “where necessary”, the spokesman added.
The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday night.
The Queen has been informed of Mr Johnson’s health by Number 10, according to Buckingham Palace.
Statement No. 10 read: “The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
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“During the afternoon [Monday], the prime minister’s condition has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”
He continued: “The First Minister receives excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Mr Raab said there was an “incredibly strong team spirit” behind the prime minister.
He added that he and his colleagues were ensuring that they implemented plans that Mr Johnson had instructed to carry out “as soon as possible”.
“That’s the way we bring the whole country through the coronavirus challenge,” he said.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said his thoughts were with the prime minister and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and that Mr Johnson would “come out of this even stronger”.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer described it as “terribly sad news”.
“All the thoughts of the country are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time,” he added.
Mr Johnson was initially taken to hospital for routine tests after testing positive for coronavirus 10 days ago. His symptoms included high temperature and cough. Earlier on Monday, he tweeted that he was in a “good mood”.
After very little information was shared today, the prime minister was taken into intensive care around 19:00 BST.
We were told he is still aware, but his condition has worsened during the afternoon.
And he has been moved to intensive care as a precaution in case he needs ventilation to get through this illness.
The statement from Downing Street clearly states that he receives excellent care and wishes to thank all NHS staff.
But something important has changed, and he has felt it necessary to ask his foreign secretary to deputize for him where necessary.
That is a completely different message to what we have heard over the last 18 hours, where he was continually “the prime minister is in touch” and “he is in charge” – almost like everything is business as usual.
But obviously being in intensive care changes everything.
Last month, the prime minister’s spokesman said that if Mr Johnson was ill and unable to work, Mr Raab, as the first secretary of state, would stand in line.
It comes as the number of deaths in coronary hospital hospitals in the UK reaches 5,373 – an increase of 439 in a day.
The Department of Health and Social Care said that 51,608 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed.
Intensive care is where doctors care for the sick patients – his admission to ICU is the clearest indication of how sick the prime minister is.
We do not know the full details of Mr Johnson’s condition, but he is aware and is not being ventilated.
Not all patients in intensive care are ventilated, but about two-thirds within 24 hours of admission with Covid-19.
This is a disease that attacks the lungs and can cause pneumonia and difficulty breathing.
This leaves the body struggling to get enough oxygen to the blood and vital organs of the body.
There is no proven drug treatment for Covid-19, although there are many experimental candidates.
But the cornerstone of the prime minister’s care will depend on getting enough oxygen for his body and supporting his other organs while his immune system fights the virus.
During a daily government coronavirus briefing earlier on Monday, Mr Raab stressed that the prime minister had been continuing to run the government from the hospital.
When asked if this was appropriate, Mr Raab said Mr Johnson would “take the medical advice he receives from his doctor”.
“We have a team … that’s a complete catalyst ensuring that his instructions and instructions are implemented,” he said.
The foreign secretary added that he had not spoken to the prime minister since Saturday.
On Saturday, Ms Symonds said 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, who tested positive for the virus and spent time alone in quarantine, offered “all the best for Boris Johnson and his loved ones”.
“I know he will get the best possible care from our amazing NHS,” he tweeted.
The Minister is calling on Boris Johnson to hand over to someone else after he is admitted to hospital
James Duddridge urged the Prime Minister to delegate his responsibilities so he could “come back to fight” when he recovers.
His comments put him at odds with Downing Street, which has demanded that Mr Johnson still run the Government from his hospital bed.
The First Minister was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after failing to shake the symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after being diagnosed with the illness.
No. 10 said the decision was taken on the advice of the Prime Minister’s doctor and was a “precautionary” measure.
Mr Johnson was due to come out of seven days of self-isolation on Friday, but stayed behind closed doors because he still had high temperatures.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister tonight has been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary measure, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
The Times reports that Mr Johnson was driven to St Thomas’ Hospital across the river from Whitehall at 8pm on Sunday night and received oxygen treatment, although he did not need an ambulance.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chaired Monday’s C-19 committee meeting and led the response to the Prime Minister’s pandemic wand.
Sharing a photo of Mr Johnson on Twitter, Mr Duddridge said: “Take care. Improve. Come back to fight. But for now, look after yourself and let the others do the heavy lifting. ”
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