British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in an intensive care unit, ICU, strong sign his coronavirus symptoms are worsening.
The prime minister was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday night – 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus – due to his continuing “persistent” symptoms of COVID-19.
It’s not a great sign, however, the spokesperson says Johnson is conscious and doesn’t need a ventilator, yet. They say he’s been moved to ICU, just in case he needs one in the near future.
The 55-year-old UK leader has nominated Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to run the country.
A Number 10 spokesman said:
“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.
“The prime minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
Johnson announced 10 days ago he’d tested positive for COVID-19. It appears he underestimated the seriousness of the virus early on, because he shook hands with patients weeks before his own diagnosis.