Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2020

Boris Johnson fights coronavirus: PM ‘in good spirits’ and doesn’t have pneumonia – LATEST | UK | News

The Prime Minister was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital as a precaution on Sunday but after his health deteriorated, he was transferred to intensive care on Monday night. It was reported that Mr Johnson was given oxygen after he struggled to breathe. A statement from Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson was in good spirits after being transferred last night.

The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits. 

“He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.

“He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.”

Downing Street also confirmed Mr Johnson did not have pneumonia. 


The Government also insisted there is a clear strategy to lead the country in his absence. 

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab was asked to take over the Government after the Prime Minister transfer to the intensive care unit. 

If Mr Raab falls ill, he will be replaced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The Queen has been and will be kept up to date on his condition. 

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“We informed you all as soon as was practically possible. We have a commitment to be as transparent as we can be throughout this process.”

Today, Michael Gove pledged to keep the country updated on the Prime Minister’s condition. 

Although Mr Raab was chosen to deputise as the interim leader, there is no defined Deputy Prime Minister.

The last Tory MP to do so was Lord Michael Heseltine. 

He said Mr Raab will now be in a difficult position going forward. 

He added: “He will be surrounded by lots of people who know what Boris Johnson said, believe Boris will be quickly back and have their own personal agendas anyway.”

Michael Gove is currently self-isolating although he has not shown any symptoms. 

Matt Hancock has recently returned to work while the UK’s chief medical adviser, professor Chris Whitty has also returned from self-isolation. 

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