British PM Boris Johnson Leaves ICU After Coronavirus Hospitalization

Eldis Sula
April 09, 2020 - 3:57 pm
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care where he had been since Monday night.

Downing Street released this statement: “The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery. He is in extremely good spirits.”

Johnson was transferred to the ICU Monday following an earlier hospitalization with  coronavirus, "remains stable," foreign secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, Johnson was given oxygen treatment as he still continues to remain in intensive care while contracting COVID-19.

A statement from Downing Street on Monday said that Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit at St. Thomas' Hospital after being hospitalized for symptoms of coronavirus.

Johnson remains "under observation" at the hospital on Monday, The Washington Post reports.

More than a week after announcing he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital Sunday for tests.

The British Prime Minister's office said he was hospitalized after still suffering symptoms of the virus 10 days after testing positive.

According to Downing St., the hospitalization is a "precautionary step" while Johnson remains in charge of the government. Johnson has been quarantined since receiving his positive diagnosis on March 26.

During his time in isolation, Johnson has continued to chair daily meetings and has sent out various video messages. He mentioned on Friday that he was feeling better except for a fever.

Johnson made the announcement that he had coronavirus in a video he posted to his Twitter account Friday, March 27.

The prime minister confirmed that he took the test on the recommendation of the chief medical officer after developing mild symptoms including “a temperature and persistent cough.”

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he said.

Johnson said that he is self-isolating but will continue to work from home to address the nation’s response to the pandemic.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he said.

Johnson added: “Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”

“After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty. The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” a Downing Street spokesperson said to The Guardian.

“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street. He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus,” the spokesperson's statement continued.

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