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British Prime Minister has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital,10 Downing Street spokesman

According to 10 Downing Street spokesman he said  “has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery”.

A spokesman added: “He is in extremely good spirits.”

He was taken to hospital on Sunday – 10 days after testing positive – and was moved to intensive care on Monday.

British prime minister Mr Johnson has been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

PM received “standard oxygen treatment” in intensive care and was not put on a ventilator, Downing Street said earlier.

He “continues to improve” after a “good night” and thanked the NHS for the “brilliant care” he has received, the spokesman said .

And Health Secretary Mr Matt Hancock said : “So good that the prime minister is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery. The NHS is there for us all and I know our amazing NHS staff have given him their characteristic world-class care.” 

A police officer stands guard at St Thomas’ hospital in central London where Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition was said to be “improving” on Wednesday, as he spent a third day in intensive care battling the coronavirus.

The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people across nationwide and killed over 7,000, with another record daily toll reported on Wednesday.

“The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving,” finance minister Rishi Sunak said at a briefing.

“He has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.”

Johnson is the most high profile leader to be infected with th coronavirus 

Earlier, Johnson’s official spokesman said he remained “clinically stable and is responding to treatment, describing the 55-year-old Conservative leader as being in “good spirits”.

The update came as newspapers urged Britons to keep their stricken leader at the forefront of their minds, with a lockdown to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 now in its third week.

“He stayed at work for you… now pray at home for him,” The Sun tabloid splashed across its front page. “Boris ‘will pull through'” said the Daily Express.

– ‘A fighter’ –

Deputising for Johnson, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called him “a fighter” and predicted “he’ll be back, leading us through this crisis in short order”.

Johnson is the most high-profile government leader to become infected with COVID-19 and messages of support flooded in from across Britain and the world.

He was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening after spending Sunday night in hospital following concerns he still had a cough and high temperature 10 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Boris Johnson battles COVID-19

His transfer to intensive care is unprecedented for a prime minister during a national emergency in modern times.

For many people, it brought home the seriousness of the disease that has so far seen 7,097 deaths in Britain, with a record 938 more reported in a daily update on Wednesday.

There was also a worrying jump in new reported cases to 5,492 after several days of lower figures.

– Lockdown review –

Downing Street said it was still too soon to say whether stringent social distancing measures introduced on March 23 for an initial three-week period would be eased.

Britain’s National Health Service is on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus 

A review is expected next week, although Sunak said “our priority right now is to stop the spread of this virus”, suggesting the lockdown would be extended.

The country does not have a formal constitutional role of deputy prime minister, and experts said Raab would need the support of the rest of the cabinet to make any big decisions, such as easing the lockdown.

Johnson announced on March 27 that he had coronavirus and went into self-isolation in a flat above his Downing Street office.

AFP / Tolga AKMENJohnson has been in intensive care since Monday because of worsening COVID-19 symptoms

He has received messages of support from around the world, with US President Donald Trump sending best wishes to his “very good friend” while Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Johnson’s “energy, optimism and sense of humour” would see him through.

For some, Johnson’s larger-than-life personality has made his hospitalisation all the more shocking.

His biographer Andrew Gimson said Johnson always made him feel upbeat, and “now here he is the stricken one”.

Experts said it was not uncommon for coronavirus patients to move to intensive care, but said it showed Johnson’s condition was serious.

– Still shaking hands –

The British government was criticised for initially refusing to follow other European countries in requiring people to stay home as the virus spread rapidly across the globe.

Johnson himself said in early March that he was still shaking hands with people.

Two weeks ago, he ordered a nationwide lockdown, but parliament continued to sit for several days after and Westminster became a hotspot for the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, have both been infected, although they have since recovered.

Johnson’s pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, moved out of Downing Street after some staff fell ill.

Meanwhile, Number 10 also revealed on Wednesday that it expected its chief Brexit negotiator David Frost to speak early next week to his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier to agree a timetable for “remote” talks in April and May.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tested positive for the new coronavirus on March 27

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, prompting concern for his health and well-wishes from political friends and foes in Britain and abroad, as the country battles to control the outbreak.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab — Johnson’s de facto deputy — was immediately appointed to take over his duties “where necessary”, Downing Street said.

“The government’s business will continue,” Raab pledged, adding that Johnson was “in safe hands” at St Thomas’ Hospital, opposite parliament in central London.

“The focus of government will continue to be on making sure that the prime minister’s… plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus… will be taken forward,” he added.

Johnson, who confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, was last seen in a Twitter video on Friday, saying he still had a temperature and was staying in self-isolation.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is Johnson’s de facto deputy

He also tweeted from hospital at lunchtime on Monday that he was “in good spirits” and thanked the medical staff looking after him.

He and his office have repeatedly maintained that he only had mild symptoms and had been in constant contact with his senior ministers and advisers, chairing meetings by videolink.

But his admission to hospital on Sunday, less than an hour after Queen Elizabeth II called for a united front to defeat the virus, prompted concern his condition was more serious.

That was confirmed 24 hours later when Downing Street said his condition had “worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital”.

The government said he was moved as a precaution, in case he needed to use a ventilator.

– Unprecedented –

Johnson is the most high-profile world leader with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe, and his transfer to intensive care is unprecedented during a national emergency.

US President Donald Trump led world leaders in wishing Johnson a successful recovery. Other messages flooded in from the European Union and NATO to the World Health Organization.

Earlier on Monday, questions were raised about whether the Conservative leader could still run the country, and Raab said he had not spoken to Johnson in person since Saturday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care on Monday

The British government was criticised for initially refusing to follow other European countries in requiring people to stay home as the virus spread.

Johnson himself said in early March that he was still shaking hands with people.

But two weeks ago he ordered a nationwide lockdown and Britain is now in the grip of a serious outbreak. 

Over 50,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths have been recorded so far, with a latest daily toll of 439.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, have both been infected with coronavirus, although they have since recovered.

The queen, 93, made a rare public address on Sunday night, evoking the spirit of World War II and urging Britons to stay united, just before Johnson went into hospital.

“We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again,” she said in a rare televised address watched by 23 million people.

Buckingham Palace said she was being kept informed of developments.

– Working non-stop –

Housing minister Robert Jenrick told BBC television that Johnson had been working “phenomenally hard” during the crisis, adding that he would be finding it “very frustrating” to be ill.

Johnson has been said to have been working “phenomenally hard” during the crisis

Johnson is not known to have any underlying health issues, although he has struggled with his weight, but some questioned if he should have taken more time off.

Junior health minister Nadine Dorries, who also had coronavirus but has recovered, added: “Many with #COVID19 are felled by fatigue/temperature and use isolation to sleep and recover. 

“Boris has risked his health and worked every day on our behalf to lead the battle against this vile virus.”

James Gill, clinical lecturer at Warwick University medical school, said Johnson’s condition “must underscore for everyone, across the world, how indiscriminate this virus is, ignoring class, character, wealth and position”.

– Persistent symptoms –

Trump said he was “hopeful and sure” Johnson would recover, calling the prime minister “a friend of mine” and a “great leader”.

Johnson’s pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, moved out of Downing Street after some staff fell ill. 

But she said on Saturday she had just spent a week in bed with symptoms, although she has not been tested.

Johnson’s spokesman would not confirm a report in The Times newspaper reported that the prime minister had been given oxygen treatment.

“Doctors will be monitoring important vital signs such as oxygen saturations,” said Rupert Beale, group leader at the cell biology of infection laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute.

He said they would also check Johnson’s blood to “see what the immune response to the virus looks like, and to assess liver and kidney function”, and may also perform an electrocardiogram to check the heart.

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