Boris Johnson is in an NHS hospital with coronavirus after suffering symptoms for 10 days.
Downing Street suggested that it was just a precautionary measure but Boris’s admission this Sunday evening is a shock to some but people close to him say his condition was not stabilising.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
Boris is in London where he will stay for “as long as needed”.
Boris Johnson remains in charge of the government, but Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, could take charge along with other prominent figures in the government’s team.
Dominic Raab, will chair the 9.15am Monday meeting of the C-19 committee, which leads the response to the pandemic.
Boris had been expected to leave his flat where he has been in quarantine on Friday after seven days of self isolation but his persistent temperature continues.
He has been more ill than let on to the public.
When asked, Downing Street denied that the prime minister’s health had seriously deteriorated, and insisted there were no plans at that point for him to be admitted to hospital.
On Sunday, Matt Hancock was asked how ill Boris Johnson was. The health secretary told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “He’s OK. I’ve been talking to him every day, several times a day… he’s very much got his hand on the tiller. But he’s still got a temperature.” He added: “He’s working away inside Downing Street. He’s in good spirits.”
Matt Hancock himself has only recently come out from isolation after testing positive for the virus, he had very mild symptoms.
Carrie Symonds, Boris’s partner, who is pregnant, revealed on Saturday that she had also been suffering from the virus but is recovering.
“Wishing the prime minister well and a speedy recovery,” wrote Stama
Jeremy Hunt tweeted: “Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening. Whatever political persuasion the whole country is united in wanting our PM to get fit and well as soon as possible.”