Boris Johnson’s condition deteriorates, moved to intensive care

Boris Johnson’s condition has deteriorated after having had symptoms of the Covid-10 coronavirus for 11 days, and he has been moved into hospital and intensive care.

So far there’s been 57,599 deaths recorded due to Covid-19, but it is still big news when the Prime Minister of the UK catches the virus and gets very ill.

Downing Street spokesperson:

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.

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.

The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the first secretary of state, to deputise for him where necessary.

The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.

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It is understood Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit just short of an hour and a half ago.

The decision was made by his medical team after his condition worsened over the course of Monday. The prime minister is understood to be conscious and to have been moved as a precaution in case he needs ventilation.

Many people who get Covid-19 suffer only mild to moderate symptoms, but some have severe symptoms that often take time to worsen. Johnson will likely have the best possible care, but it sounds bad for him.