Boris Johnson's office says he is in good spirits despite hospitalisation

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 7 Apr 2020, 6:44PM
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo / File)

Boris Johnson's office says he is in good spirits despite hospitalisation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 7 Apr 2020, 6:44PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in ICU as a precaution, after 10 days of worsening Covid-19.

Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his symptoms dramatically worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.

The 55-year-old, the world’s first known head of government to fall ill with the virus, was conscious and did not immediately need to be put on a ventilator, his office said.

UK correspondent Vincent McAviney told Heather du Plessis-Allan reports suggest only 50 percent of people survive ICU, Johnson’s office maintains he’s in good spirits.

"It was strange yesterday when they were saying he was still running the government, yet Raab said they hadn't actually spoken during the day, which suggested it was more serious than was being let on." 

Britain's foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been designated to take over should Johnson become incapacitated. A grave-looking Raab said Monday that Johnson was “in safe hands” at the hospital, which is treating many virus patients.