On Monday, the U.K. was stunned by the news that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the intensive care ward of the hospital where he is being treated for the coronavirus.
The BBC reported that Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday after suffering from “persistent symptoms” of COVID-19 for over a week. After his condition “worsened” on Monday, Johnson was moved to the ICU. However, he is not on a ventilator.
British prime minister in ICU
The network quoted a statement from 10 Downing St. that read, “The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.”
“Over the course of [Monday] 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.”
It went on to assure the public that the prime minister “is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS (National Health Service) staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Johnson made a statement of his own on Twitter Monday in which he boasted of being “in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.”
Allies and opponents voice support
U.S. President Donald Trump offered thoughts and prayers for the prime minister, calling him “a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation.”
In addition to the support from friends, Johnson has received positive wishes from his political opponents, including Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.
“All the country’s thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time,” the BBC quoted Starmer as saying.
Coronavirus strikes first world leader
Johnson made headlines almost 2 weeks ago as the first world leader to test positive for COVID-19. “I’ve taken a test. That has come out positive,” he told reporters on March 27.
“I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say – a temperature and a persistent cough,” Johson continued. “So I am working from home. I’m self-isolating.”
The prime minister expressed hope that he could continue on with relative normalcy, stating, “Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”