Published: 2020-04-06 09:36
Last Updated: 2022-07-06 06:09
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday, April 5, in what Downing Street said was a "precautionary step" because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
"On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," Downing Street said.
"This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus," Downing Street said.
News of his hospitalization came only an hour after Queen Elizabeth delivered a rallying call to the British public saying they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute.
Johnson, 55, on March 27 became the first leader of a major power to announce that he had tested positive. He went into isolation at an apartment in Downing Street and said on Friday he was staying there as he still had a high temperature.
Downing Street underscored that this was not an emergency admission and that Johnson remained in charge of the government. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will chair the government's emergency COVID-19 meeting on Monday, a source said.
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