Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized for COVID-19

Elias Hubbard
April 6, 2020

"This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus".

But Downing Street flatly denied that the prime minister's health had seriously deteriorated, and insisted there were no plans at that point for him to be admitted to hospital. More than 16,000 have been admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms.

The premier was expected to stay in hospital overnight, the BBC's political editor said earlier. Only about 25 percent said they disapprove of the prime minister's work.

The government announced within an hour of the monarch's rare special address to the country and Commonwealth nations that Johnson had been admitted for further tests as a precaution.

Johnson ordered a national lockdown on March 23 and has been shut away in his Downing Street apartment, in accordance with his own government's guidelines.

Johnson tested positive the last week in March.

It was considered sensible for doctors to see Mr Johnson in person given he has ongoing symptoms, the spokesperson says.

Johnson's fiancee Carrie Symonds, 32, revealed Saturday that she spent a week with coronavirus symptoms, though she wasn't tested.

British health authorities announced on Sunday that the United Kingdom -wide death toll from coronavirus rose by 621 in 24 hours.

Jeremy Hunt, the former Health Secretary who has been critical of the government response, said: "Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening".

"Although I'm feeling better and I've done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom", he said on a video message posted to Twitter.

The news was unexpected as Downing Street had briefed in the mid-afternoon that there was no change in his condition.

Johnson replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July and won a resounding election victory in December on a promise to complete Britain's exit from the European Union. But Brexit has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.

Johnson remains in charge of the British government and is in contact with his ministers and officials. We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us.

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