The United Kingdom’s conservative Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been admitted to the intensive care unit… after his symptoms of Coronavirus severely worsened.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital as a precaution on Sunday night after his symptoms didn’t seem to go away. He had been suffering from Coronavirus for 10 days.
But overnight, Johnson’s condition worsened.
By Monday afternoon, he was admitted to the intensive care unit.
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,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.
“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.”
The statement continued: “The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
The UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been temporarily put in charge of the government during Johnson’s absence.
While as many as 99 percent of Coronavirus patients fully recover, patients admitted to the ICU have a much lower survival rate. According to a study in the UK, 48% of patients admitted to the ICU with Coronavirus died.
It’s unclear what Johnson’s current condition is.