Boris Johnson hospitalised 10 days after positive Covid-19 test

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Newstalk ZB / AP,
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Mon, 6 Apr 2020, 9:41AM
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo / Getty)

Boris Johnson hospitalised 10 days after positive Covid-19 test

Author
Newstalk ZB / AP,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Apr 2020, 9:41AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus more than a week ago, was admitted to a hospital today for tests.

Johnson's office said he was hospitalised because he still has persistent symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Downing Street said it was a "precautionary step" and he remains in charge of the government.

Johnson, 55, has been quarantined in his residence since being diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 26.

Johnson has continued to chair daily meetings on Britain's response to the outbreak, and has released several video messages during his 10 days in isolation.

In a message at the weekend, he said he was feeling better but still had a fever.

The virus causes mild to moderate symptoms in most people, but for some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause pneumonia and lead to death.

Johnson has received medical advice by phone during his illness, but going to a hospital means doctors can see him in person.

Johnson's fiancee Carrie Symonds, 32, revealed yesterday that she spent a week with coronavirus symptoms, though she wasn't tested. Symonds, who is pregnant, said she was now "on the mend."

The Government said that almost 48,000 people have been confirmed to have Covid-19 in the UK, and 4934 have died.