The coronavirus is not known to discriminate, it can infect anybody and this also includes top officials like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
UK PM Boris Johnson Now Admitted to Hospital After COVID-19 Symptoms Persist
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was sent to the hospital on Sunday for tests, according to his office.
This came after he had tested positive for the coronavirus after 10 days.
He had been in self-isolation at his residence located at Downing Street for as long as seven days.
Downing Street revealed in a statement, “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
Not An Emergency Admittance
It’s good to note that Johnson was admitted to the hospital simply to check out his persistent symptoms and not because he was in a state of emergency.
According to Channel News Asia, Johnson is deemed the most high-profile world leader to test positive for the coronavirus.
His partner is currently pregnant and has been ill with the symptoms for a week but is now recovering.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for the coronavirus and was down with symptoms for a week at home before he returned to work on Friday.
On the other hand, Johnson’s close adviser Dominic Cummings was also required to self-isolate.
Johnson Still In Charge Of The Government
Johnson is understood to still be in charge of the government and remains in contact with ministers and officials.
However, Downing Street had said previously that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take charge if the prime minister was incapacitated.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was “hopeful and sure” Johnson would recover from COVID-19.
“He is a friend of mine, he is a great gentleman, a great leader. He was brought to the hospital today but I am hopeful and sure that he is going to be fine,” Trump said at his White House briefing.
“He is a strong man, a strong person.”
When questioned about the prime minister’s health on Sunday, Hancock told Sky News television, “He’s OK. I’ve been talking to him every day, several times a day throughout the time both of were off.
It’s good that the UK PM Boris Johnson is reportedly on the “mild spectrum” of the coronavirus infection, and we hope that he makes a speedy full recovery.
In the meantime, do stay safe everyone and stay home as much as possible.