A Downing Street spokesman has confirmed Boris Johnson has been taken to intensive care this evening, he is understood to still be conscious. The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise for him. It comes after the Prime Minister was admitted to hospital for routine tests on Sunday with persistent coronavirus symptoms.
A No10 spokesman said: “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistence 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 for all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Mr Johnson is understood to have been taken to ICU as a precaution, should he require a ventilator.
Mr Raab has told the BBC: “There is an incredibly strong team spirit behind the Prime Minister and making sure that we get all the plans he as instructed us to deliver to get them implemented as soon as possible.”
The NHS website states an ICUs are: “Specialist hospital wards that provide treatment and monitoring for people who are very ill.”
It continues: “Intensive care is needed if someone is seriously ill and requires intensive treatment and close monitoring, or if they’re having surgery and intensive care can help them recover.
“Most people in an ICU have problems with 1 or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.”
It comes after Mr Raab, who led today’s press briefing, said Mr Johnson was in “good spirits” today.
Hundreds of well wishes have been sent to the Prime Minister on social media, from across the political spectrum.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “My thoughts tonight are with Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner posted: “Sending my best wishes at this worrying time to the PM BorisJohnson and carriesymonds and hoping that his condition stabilises in his battle with #Coronavirus.”
Shadow deputy mental health minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan tweeted: “I wish the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery and thank the NHS team looking after him and everyone at St Thomas’.
“Coronavirus can affect anyone, the symptoms can be really awful. Please, please, remind your friends and family to stay at home!”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage posted on Twitter: “I hope and pray for Boris Johnson to come through this ordeal quickly.”
Keir Starmer, the newly elected Labour leader, said: “Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”