Dominic Raab wished Boris Johnson all the best as the Foreign Secretary has taken on his role while the Prime Minister recovers. Mr Raab said he is confident Mr Johnson will pull through. It comes as a total of 6,227 in the UK have died from coronavirus up by 854 in the past 24 hours.
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Speaking at Downing Street, Mr Raab said: “He’s receiving the very best care from the excellent medical team at St Thomas’s Hospital. He remained stable overnight.
“He’s receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance, he’s not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.
“He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practise his progress continues to be monitored closely in critical care.”
Mr Raab added: “He’s not just a prime minister, he’s not just our boss, he’s a colleague and a friend.
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Dominic Raab gave the daily press briefing from Downing Street
Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday night
“So all our thoughts and prayers are with the Prime Minister at this time, with Carrie (Symonds) and his whole family.
“And I’m confident he will pull through because if there is one thing that I know about this Prime Minister is he is a fighter and he will be back leading us through this crisis in short order.”
His comments come as members of the public have been creating ‘get well soon’ cards for the Prime Minister after he was admitted to intensive care on Monday.
A round of applause has also been organised for 8pm on Tuesday, with #ClapForBoris trending on Twitter.
Mr Raab has all the confidence that Mr Johnson will get better
The gesture follows nationwide rounds of applause for NHS workers on the frontline fighting the spread of coronavirus.
Health minister for patient safety Nadine Dorries tweeted: “Boris is the most relentlessly positive person anyone could meet and would be so touched by such an uplifting gesture for him and every patient in ICU struggling to beat this awful disease.”
Heartwarming messages for Mr Johnson have flooded in from politicians, the public and the Royal Family.
Other high-profile public figures such as Matt Hancock, 41, and the Duke of Wales, 71, who both also tested positive for the disease, have since recovered.
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Professor Keith Neal, Emeritus Professor of the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nottingham said: “People like Boris Johnson probably have stress for breakfast, dinner and tea.
“There is little doubt that if you get run down you are probably more susceptible to infection and get them worse – to what degree that matters is different.
“These are the types of people that seem to thrive on being stressed, and stress is different to different people.
“He has a stressful job and if he was trying to work and not rest when he was ill, I can’t believe that has helped but I wouldn’t put it down as the main factor.”