The U.K. prime minister has been admitted to hospital to undergo more covid-19 tests as he continues to have ‘persistent symptoms of coronavirus’ after testing positive for the illness.
- Apr 6, 2020
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The politician, whose pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds is also battling COVID-19, is undergoing further tests and treatment as a “precautionary step” due to the fact his symptoms are persisting.
“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” a Downing Street spokesman confirms. “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS (National Health Service) staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
He was admitted just before Queen Elizabeth II gave a rare televised address to the commonwealth, urging Brits around the world to show strength and “self-discipline” throughout the crisis.
Britain has recorded more than 48,000 confirmed cases of the potentially deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of 4,900 people.
Johnson, who ordered a nationwide lockdown on March 23, has been working from self-isolation since testing positive for the virus four days later.