UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is battling worsening coronavirus symptoms in an medical care unit at a London hospital.
While doctors attempted to assist Johnson recover on Tuesday, world leaders paid tribute as political figures within the uk across the spectrum set differences aside to send messages of support.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told BBC radio early Tuesday that while Johnson “has received oxygen support”, he wasn’t on a ventilator.
Johnson, 55, first announced he had tested positive for the virus on March 27 and went into self-isolation.
After failing to shake off a high fever for over every week, he was admitted to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in central London on Saturday from where he continued to steer the govt until he was moved into medical care on Monday evening, when his condition deteriorated.
“Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the recommendation of his medical team, he has been moved to the medical care unit at the hospital,” Number 10 said in an exceedingly statement.
“The PM remains conscious at this point,” Downing Street said on Monday, adding that he was in an medical care ward as “a precaution should he require ventilation to help his recovery”.
Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise where necessary.
“The focus of the govt will still air ensuring that the prime minister’s direction, all the plans for creating sure that we are able to defeat coronavirus and may pull the country through this challenge, are taken forward,” said Raab. “The government’s business will continue.”
Gove said Raab would lead the country while Johnson was in medical care and would be accountable of preferring whether lockdown measures would be eased.
“The one who is running the country, following the plan that the prime minister has taken off, is Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary,” Gove said on ITV.
At least 5,373 people within the UK have died from coronavirus, a disease which has infected almost 52,000.
Before being moved within the hospital, Johnson tweeted: “Last night, on the recommendation of my doctor, I went into hospital for a few routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in grips with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
“I’d prefer to say many thanks to any or all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me et al during this difficult time. you’re the simplest of england. Stay safe everyone and please remember to remain reception to safeguard the NHS and save lives.”
The queen, who recently gave a rare address to the state amid the coronavirus crisis, is being informed about Johnson’s health.
As Johnson was rushed into medical care, messages of support poured in.
US President Donald Trump said: “I’ve gotten to understand him [Johnson]. He’s just such an out of this world guy.
“It was with great care shocking to determine that because you recognize what meaning – medical care could be a big handle relevancy what we’re talking about. That’s a awfully big deal. Very scary deal.”
“All my support for Boris Johnson, his family and also the nation at this difficult time.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wished “for a full and speedy recovery” for his British counterpart.
“My thoughts are with you and your family right away. Hope to determine you back at Number 10 soon.”
Keir Starmer, the new leader of the most opposition Labour, tweeted: “Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Starmer’s predecessor Jeremy Corbyn said: “My thoughts are with Boris Johnson and his family.
“Thanks to the NHS staff for his or her exertions and dedication.”