LONDON | british prime minister Boris Johnson, infected with the novel coronavirus, “stay in control” of the government although it is to the hospital for “tests”, said on Monday his minister of Housing.
“Today, he is in the hospital to undergo tests, but it will continue to be kept informed of what is happening and to be at the controls of the government,” said the BBC’s Robert Jenrick, minister responsible for Housing and Communities.
After having been diagnosed ten days ago, Mr. Johnson, 55 years old, leader of the most prominent to have been contaminated by the virus, was admitted to hospital Sunday night to undergo new examinations, have announced their services, stating that it was a “precautionary measure”.
“The prime minister has had persistent symptoms for ten days,” explained Robert Jenrick. “He spent the night at the hospital […] we hope that as a result of his tests he will be able to return to Downing Street as soon as possible”, added the minister.
The minister of foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, however, should replace him to chair the daily meeting devoted to the COVID-19 Monday morning.
According to the Times, Boris Johnson has been led to St Thomas ‘ hospital in London, close to Westminster, and placed under oxygen.
For Robert Jenrick, the situation must be “very frustrating” for Boris Johnson, who continued to lead the government’s response from his apartment in Downing Street. In quarantine, the officer has also posted video messages on his Twitter account, in which he appeared tired and encouraged his countrymen to stay at home.
His companion, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, said that she had also suffered from symptoms of the illness for a week, but be in the process of healing.
According to the leftist daily The Guardian, “Johnson was more seriously ill than he or his officials were ready to admit, and has been seen by doctors worried about his breathing.”
The COVID-19 has already killed nearly 5,000 people in the United Kingdom. During a rare speech, the queen Elizabeth II is addressed directly to the British on Sunday evening to encourage the resilience of collective and instil a message of hope.