Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

Source: The Hill | April 6, 2020 | Zack Budryk

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after being hospitalized Sunday with coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said Monday.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” a spokesperson said, adding that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputized to assume his duties in the meantime.

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS [National Health Service] staff for their hard work and dedication,” the statement added.

Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital on his doctor’s advice after he experienced symptoms for more than 10 days after initially testing positive. 

The prime minister’s condition reportedly worsened over the course of the afternoon and he was moved to an intensive care unit as a precaution in case he requires a ventilator. A spokesperson said he remains conscious.

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