Downing Street confirmed Boris Johnson has been taken to hospital on the advice of his doctor, and has been admitted for tests. But Number 10 insisted “this is a precautionary step” as he is continuing to have “persistent symptoms of coronavirus”. Downing Street said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
Mr Johnson will remain in hospital overnight.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister is still leading the Government’s repose to the coronavirus outbreak.
Number 10 added: “The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
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BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted the Prime Minister is expected to remain in hospotal overnight to have “routine tests”.
She wrote: “Johnson was taken to hospital earlier this evening, he has been admitted, so expected to stay in overnight and is having what are described as ‘routine tests’ – Foreign Sec Dominic Raab expected to chair Corona virus 9.15 morning meeting tmrw.”
Several politicians have offered messages of support and their best wishes to the Prime Minister.
New Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer – who has taken over from Jeremy Corbyn – wrote on Twitter: “Wishing the Prime Minister well and a speedy recovery.”
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The Prime Minister has continued to suffer from a high temperature
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Wishing the PM all the best and a speedy recovery.”
Former Foreign Secretary and ex-Conservative Party leadership rival Jeremy Hunt wrote: “Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening.
“Whatever political persuasion the whole country is united in wanting our PM to get fit and well as soon as possible.”
Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Wishing Boris Johnson the best for getting through this, and a full, fast recovery.
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“Carrie, Jo, Leo, Rachel: best of health to you.
“It’s vital we all follow the guidance; that’s how to protect you, your family, your loved ones.”
The Prime Minister announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for coronavirus – the first leader of a global superpower to do so.
He has been self-isolating in 11 Downing Street since then and had been due to leave that period on Friday.
But he revealed on Friday morning in a video posted to his Twitter account he is remaining at the residence as he is still suffering from a high temperature.
He said: “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 – I still have a temperature.
“So in accordance with Government advice, I must continue that self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.”
The Prime Minister’s admission to hospital comes 24 hours after his pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds revealed she has “symptoms of coronavirus”.
Miss Symonds said she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of COVID-19 but added that after seven days of rest, she feels “stronger” and is “on the mend”.
She wrote on Twitter: “I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus.
“I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed on the same day as the Prime Minister that he too had tested positive for coronavirus.
He also self-isolated at home and has now made a full recovery.