Published: 2020-04-06 22:55
Last Updated: 2022-12-06 11:16
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said this evening.
Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize "where necessary", a spokesman added.
The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday.
The spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving "excellent care".
A statement read: "Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas' Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
"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."
It continued: "The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."
Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 6, 2020
Johnson was initially taken to hospital for routine tests after testing positive for coronavirus 10 days ago.
His symptoms included a high temperature and a cough.
Earlier on Monday, he tweeted that he was in "good spirits".