LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Johnson’s office says Johnson is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment.
Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“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,” his office said in a statement.
It said Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him.
older adults and the infirm, it can cause pneumonia and lead to death.
The government said Monday that 51,608 people had been confirmed to have the coronavirus in Britain, 5,373 of whom have died.
One of the advantages of being in the hospital is that it will allow doctors to directly monitor Johnson’s condition.
Derek Hill, a professor of medical imaging science at University College London said that since COVID-19 causes difficulty breathing, one test performed on people with the disease is lung imaging with ultrasound or CT scans to see how badly they might be affected.
“Some people are rapidly discharged,” he said. ”Some others can quickly deteriorate and need help breathing. We have no reason to believe the PM needs such help.”
Hill said there are various types of breathing help, depending on the person and the difficulties.
“The reasons some people get seriously ill with COVID-19 while others have minor symptoms is not yet fully understood,? Hill said. ”But doctors managing these patients report that more men than women have serious problems, and patients who are overweight or have previous health problems are at higher risk.“
UPDATES: With quote from Johnson’s office.; With AP Photos.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.