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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care Due to ‘Worsening’ Coronavirus Symptoms

Boris Johnson, leader of Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves a private reception in central London, England, July 23, 2019. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced ten days ago that he tested positive for the coronavirus, was moved Monday to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his symptoms worsened.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’s hospital in Westminster on Sunday with “persistent symptoms of coronavirus” and was moved to the intensive care unit on the advice of his medical team after his symptoms “worsened” over the course of Monday afternoon, a statement from 10 Downing Street said.

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” he statement continued.

Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab to fill in for him “where necessary.”

The prime minister wrote in a tweet earlier on Monday that he was “in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.”

The number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the United Kingdom jumped 439 in one day on Monday to 5,373. Britain now has 51,608 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

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