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British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen

British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen

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LONDON
BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his condition worsened while being treated in hospital for his infection with novel coronavirus, Downing Street said late on Monday.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will “deputise where necessary” while Johnson remains in intensive care, Downing Street said.
“Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” it said.
“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.” Asked earlier if Johnson had received oxygen or had contracted pneumonia, Downing Street declined to comment.
Johnson announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the most high-profile world leader to be infected with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe.
The 55-year-old had been self-isolating in his Downing Street flat but on Sunday evening, still suffering a high temperature and a cough, he was driven to a nearby state-run hospital on the advice of his doctor.
Officials said it was a “precautionary step” but it has raised questions about how ill the Conservative leader really is -- and if he can still run the country.
Early on Monday, Johnson still received updates on government business in hospital and official documents, and “remains in charge of the government,” his spokesman said.