Yesterday, we wrote about Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the UK going into hospital.
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.”
But today, there’s been an update on his condition.
He Is Now In The Intensive Care Unit
On 6 Apr, his office told media that Mr Johnson has been admitted into the ICU because his Covid-19 symptoms have worsened.
“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.”
He was tested positive for Covid-19 on 27 Mar.
His spokesperson did not confirm whether the prime minister has been given oxygen treatment as The Times newspaper reported.
Rupert Beale, group leader at the cell biology of infection laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute said that doctors “will be monitoring important vital signs such as oxygen saturation.”
He added that they’ll check his immune response to the virus and assess liver and kidney function.
They might even perform an electrocardiogram to check the heart.
Has No Underlying Health Condition
Thankfully, it was also reported that the prime minister has no underlying conditions and the only cause for concern was his weight.
If you remember, it was said that people with underlying health conditions are likelier to succumb to the disease.
He works out too and plays tennis. When he was the mayor of London, he also used to cycle around the capital.
He Was Working Non-Stop Through His Illness
Even when he was sick, he was still the leader of the government and ran the country.
And to make things worse, there is no succession plan in place at the moment. However, he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “to deputise for him if necessary”.
Junior health minister Nadine Dorries is a Covid-19 patient who recovered from the virus. She said that many people self-isolate when they were afflicted with the virus and use the “downtime” to rest and recover.
“Boris has risked his health and worked every day on our behalf to lead the battle against this vile virus.”
Her sentiments were echoed by fellow colleagues in the government, who witnessed him work “phenomenally hard” even when he was ill.
“Boris has worked non-stop throughout his illness – and now we see the result.”
So take this as a lesson: if you’re not feeling well, it’s better to stop for a bit and rest, instead of making things worse.
The Situation In The UK
The UK was a controversial country when it comes to fighting against Covid-19.
Even in early Mar, Boris Johnson himself claims that he was still shaking hands with people.
Unlike the rest of the world, the UK had one very unorthodox strategy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; let everyone get the virus.
They were trying to employ a strategy called “herd immunity”.
It sounds chim but, basically, it’s allowing a large enough percentage of a population to be infected and recover from the disease.
During the course of this, people will naturally gain immunity to the disease so that it cannot spread widely.
Except, they’ve underestimated the virus and their healthcare system couldn’t take the strain.
At the time of writing, the UK has 52,279 Covid-19 cases with 5,385 deaths.
On 23 Mar, the country has gone into a 3-week lockdown.
Schools have been closed, as have pubs, bars, nightclubs, theatres, cafes, and leisure centres, and mass gatherings have been banned.
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