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UK PM Johnson hospitalized for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms

Johnson was last seen on Thursday night joining in a weekly round of applause in appreciation of healthcare workers Johnson was last seen on Thursday night joining in a weekly round of applause in appreciation of healthcare workers
Deanna Wagner | 07 April, 2020, 14:53

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in charge of the government after being hospitalised due to persistent coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street said Monday.

Johnson, who had gone into self-quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus last month and exhibiting "mild symptoms", was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday evening.

A statement given by Downing Street has said it is a "precautionary step" and the PM will remain in charge of the government.

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Officials are stressing it wasn't an emergency admission and that Johnson is still currrently heading the govt.

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.

Meanwhile the former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake has said it may be "sensible" for Mr Johnson to "step back" if he is not well enough to carry out his role for now.

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen
One of the advantages of being in the hospital is that it will allow doctors to directly monitor Johnson's condition. He said "decisions would be taken collectively and following appropriate advice" on when to end the lockdown.

"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary".

Housing and communities minister Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast on Monday morning: "He spent the night in hospital and of course we all wish him well and we hope that as a result of these tests he will be able to come back to Downing Street as soon as possible". Those tests are under way and he will stay in hospital as long as he needs to.

The prime minister tested positive for the virus 10 days ago, but his symptoms "continue to persist". "Throughout this, he's taken the advice and followed the guidelines". Prime Minister Johnson is expected to stay overnight.

Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump during White House press briefing extended his well wishes. "He's a friend of mine, he's a great gentleman and a great leader".

His pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, said she has been ill with symptoms for a week but was now recovering.

Concerns had been growing about Johnson's welfare ever since he posted a message Friday saying that he was feeling better, though was still feverish. The government's chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, has also had to self-isolate after showing symptoms.

The news of Johnson's hospitalisation comes as countries across the globe struggle to contain the virus.