'On the advice of a doctor': British Prime Minister hospitalized for coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital due to coronavirus. On the evening of April 6, he was transferred to the intensive care unit due to worsening conditions. Writes about it The Guardian.
Johnson became ill 10 days ago, he had all the symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, which made the public doubt that he could lead the country during a pandemic.
Johnson was taken to an unnamed London hospital on Sunday, April 5, a few days later self-insulated. Last week, the Prime Minister’s official residence denied that Johnson was seriously ill.
A representative of Downing Street said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister was admitted to the hospital tonight for testing. This is a precautionary step, because 10 days after a positive test for the presence of the virus, the Prime Minister retains symptoms of this disease. " The spokesman said Johnson would remain in the hospital "as long as needed."
Despite self-isolation, Johnson will remain responsible for the government and will maintain regular contact with colleagues and government officials.
On Monday, April 6, a government source told reporters in the morning that Johnson spent the night in the hospital. In the evening of the same day, it became known that the Prime Minister was transferred to the intensive care unit due to the deterioration of his condition. This was stated by the representative of Downing Street, writes The Guardian.
Johnson wrote on his Twitter page earlier on April 6th that he was feeling relatively normal. Thus, he denied the information that he was allegedly connected to a ventilator.
In the event of a deterioration in the health of the Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Secretary of State, is appointed by the Minister, who will be responsible for everything. Raab is expected to chair the C-9 government committee on Monday at 15:19, which will lead the response to the pandemic.
On April 6, the pound fell against the dollar and the euro per night, as foreign exchange markets were afraid of Johnson's failure.
Johnson hoped to quarantine on Friday, April 3, but due to his health condition he was forced to stay in his apartment on Downing Street.
Sources told reporters that Johnson was seriously ill, and doctors were worried about his breathing.
On April 5, Health Secretary Matt Hancock notified the Prime Minister of the state of health. According to him, Johnson is in order, although the high temperature still persists. He works on Downing Street.
Hancock himself only recently emerged from isolation after a positive coronavirus test, he suffered the disease in a milder form.
Johnson's partner, Carrie Symonds, is pregnant. On Saturday, April 4, she reported that she was also sick, but the dynamics of the disease was positive.
Although the prime minister’s office doesn’t specify what protocol Johnson’s treatment is for, medical experts say it’s likely that doctors will focus on assessing how the prime minister’s lungs, heart, and other organs respond to the virus.
“Doctors will monitor important vital signs, such as oxygen saturation,” said Dr. Rupert Beale, who heads the laboratory for the cell biology of infection at the Francis Crick Institute in London. “They will also test blood tests to see what the immune response to the virus looks like and to evaluate liver and kidney function.” They will perform an electrocardiogram to check the heart. More sophisticated tests may include computed tomography of the chest to get an accurate picture of the lungs. ”
Keir Starmer, the new Labor leader, was among a number of MPs who expressed their best wishes to Johnson.
“I wish the Prime Minister success and a speedy recovery,” he wrote.
Jeremy Hunt, a former Minister of Health and Johnson’s main rival for Conservative leadership in 2019, tweeted: “Tonight is my thoughts with Boris Johnson. Whatever the political beliefs, the whole country is united in that it wants our prime minister to recover and recover as soon as possible. ”
Nicola Sturgeon, the first Scottish minister, wrote on Twitter: “I wish the Prime Minister all the best and speediest recovery.”
Donald Trump, President of the United States, began his press briefing on Sunday, April 5, in the evening, conveying good wishes to Johnson.
“He is my great friend,” Trump said of his British counterpart. “I'm sure he will be fine, he is a very strong man.”
Johnson's hospitalization occurred after the Ministry of Health said that at 17:00 on Saturday the number of deaths was 4934 people, an increase of 621 compared to 4313 the day before.
Also on Sunday, April 5, scientists warned that home government antibody kits ordered by the government might not detect up to half of coronavirus cases.
It was assumed that the kits would be available to everyone within a few days.
Scientists involved in testing home test kits said that no test on the market has proven to be reliable enough. More often they reveal only 50-60% of people with milder symptoms.
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