UK PM Boris Johnson shifted to ICU
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting worsening coronavirus symptoms in an intensive care unit on Tuesday, leaving his foreign minister to lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital across the River Thames from the House of Commons late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature and a cough, for more than 10 days.
His condition rapidly deteriorated over the next 24 hours, and he was moved to an intensive care unit – where the most serious cases are treated. Although he had received oxygen, his office said he was still conscious and was moved to intensive care in case he needed to be put on a ventilator.
On Friday, Johnson had extended his isolation from the mandated seven days as he still had a temperature, one of the symptoms associated with coronavirus. “Although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom. I still have a temperature and so, in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes,” Johnson had said in a video message.
On Sunday, US President Donald Trump had extended his good wishes to Johnson, saying that all Americans prayed for his good health.”I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” Trump told reporters during a press briefing at the White House.