Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to ICU after COVID-19 symptoms worsened
- Boris Johnson was diagnosed with coronavirus over 10 days ago and went into self-isolation
- He taken to St Thomas Hospital in London on Sunday night after his health condition worsened
- On Monday he was put on oxygen and by the afternoon he had been moved to ICU
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
The 55-year-old prime minister was taken to St Thomas Hospital in London on Sunday, April 5, night for routine tests after struggling to shake off COVID-19, but his condition worsened on Monday afternoon.
By early Monday, there were reports that the premier was unconscious and had been put under oxygen supply to help his breathing, as reported by BBC.
However, on Monday afternoon his condition had worsened forcing him to be moved to the ICU where he is on life support machines.
Downing Street said in a statement that he country's Foreign Affairs Secretary, Dominic Raab, was to deputise him “where necessary.”
“There’s an incredibly strong team spirit behind the prime minister -- and making sure that we get all of the plans the prime minister’s instructed us to deliver, to get them implemented as soon as possible,” Raab said in a pooled television interview.
In a press briefing, United States President Donald Trump said he had asked pharmaceutical companies to get in touch with London to offer help and share the knowledge they have gained on crucial drugs that can slow down the disease.
Trump cited “rather complex” therapeutic treatments for the virus with “really incredible results,” but didn’t specify them.
“When you get brought into intensive care, that gets very, very serious with this particular disease,” Trump said.
The prime minister’s deteriorating health intensifies the difficulties facing the country as it prepares for cases to climb over the next 10 days.
The United Kingdom which is currently on lockdown has recorded over 5,373 deaths with 51,608 confirmed cases.