British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for the new coronavirus ten days ago, was transferred to intensive care on Monday, the day after his hospitalization in central London, his spokesman announced.
“During the afternoon, the prime minister’s health deteriorated and, on the recommendation of his medical team, he was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit,” the spokesman said. “The prime minister has asked Foreign Minister Dominic Raab (…) to replace him when needed,” he added, according to a statement. around 18.00 GMT he was transferred to an intensive care unit – where the worst cases are treated – at St Thomas Hospital in central London.
The prime minister’s office said that it was transferred to intensive care as “a precautionary measure for ventilation”.
Johnson, 55, was tested positive for coronavirus on March 26. His spokesman has previously called for caution regarding some information in the media that Johnson is receiving oxygen and has refused to say directly if he has pneumonia.