British PM spends night in ICU after struggling to breathe
Published : Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 at 9:08 AM Count : 323
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition has worsened as he has been moved into intensive care, his Downing Street office said in a statement on Tuesday.
Boris Johnson has spent Monday night in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he suffered breathing difficulties.
The prime minister was initially admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday evening, but his health deteriorated.
Sky News political editor Beth Rigby said: "He had to be given oxygen - he was struggling to breathe. The decision was taken at 7pm to move the prime minister to that intensive care unit."
"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary."
Downing Street said he was suffering from "persistent" symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough and a high temperature.
The 55-year-old tested positive for coronavirus 11 days ago, and his worsening condition is a severe blow to the government.
Even if he makes a speedy recovery, he is likely to be unable to resume work for some time.