Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has been moved into intensive care with symptoms of the coronavirus. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is to take over where necessary for the duration of Johnson’s illness.
Downing Street said in a statement:
“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. 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.
The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, posted on Twitter:
“Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, posted on Twitter:
“My thoughts are with the PM and his family – sending him every good wish.”
David Cameron, the Prime Minister between 2010 and 2016 posted:
“Thinking of @BorisJohnson and his family tonight. Get well soon. You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in @10DowningStreet.”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister between 2016 and 2019 posted:
“My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital. This horrific virus does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. Please #StayHomeSaveLives”