Johnson had been in self-isolation at dwelling after testing optimistic for COVID-19. Photograph: SIMON DAWSON / POOL / AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday for checks, his workplace stated, 10 days after he examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Johnson, 55, introduced he had delicate signs of COVID-19 on March 27 and had been in self-isolation at his Downing Avenue residence for seven days.
He had been scheduled to re-emerge on Friday after every week of restoration and dealing remotely however stated he would stay at dwelling as a result of he nonetheless had a excessive temperature — one of many signs.
Downing Avenue stated in a press release on Sunday: “On the recommendation of his physician, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for checks.
“This can be a precautionary step, because the Prime Minister continues to have persistent signs of coronavirus 10 days after testing optimistic for the virus.”
It’s understood Johnson’s admission to the hospital was not an emergency and was thought of smart due to his ongoing signs.
Johnson is essentially the most high-profile world chief to contract the virus. His pregnant companion, Carrie Symonds, stated she has been sick with signs for every week however was now recovering.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock returned to work on Friday after every week at dwelling following his optimistic take a look at for COVID-19. The chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has additionally displayed signs.
Johnson’s shut adviser Dominic Cummings has additionally needed to self-isolate.
Downing Avenue stated on the time of Johnson’s announcement that International Secretary Dominic Raab would take cost if the prime minister was incapacitated.
However Johnson is known to be nonetheless in command of the federal government, and in touch with ministers and officers.
The previous London mayor was seen on Thursday night time, becoming a member of in a weekly spherical of applause in appreciation of healthcare staff tackling the outbreak.
In his video message on Friday, he stated: “In my very own case, though I’m feeling higher and I’ve carried out my seven days of isolation, alas, I nonetheless have one of many minor signs… a temperature.
“So, in accordance with authorities recommendation, I need to proceed my self-isolation till that symptom itself goes.”
Requested in regards to the prime minister’s well being on Sunday, Hancock instructed Sky Information tv: “He’s OK. I’ve been speaking to him daily, a number of instances a day all through the time each of us had been off.
“He’s very a lot bought his hand on the tiller.”
He stated of his personal expertise: “Some individuals get it (COVID-19) fairly mildly, others very, very significantly. The PM will not be at that finish of the spectrum.
“In coping with him and dealing with him daily, he’s in good spirits.
“However he’s additionally being completely cautious and cautious to observe public well being recommendation each for the direct affect and in addition for instance to the nation.”