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UK PM Johnson in ICU, Foreign Secy to deputize

London: Coronavirus-positive UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was admitted to a hospital here after his symptoms became “persistent”, was shifted the intensive care unit after his condition “worsened”.

The PM is being kept at St Thomas’ Hospital in London “for close monitoring”, Downing Street said, the BBC reported.

Johnson’s condition is “stable” and he remains in “good spirits”, his spokesman added.

Speaking at Downing Street coronavirus briefing, he said Johnson was receiving standard oxygen treatment and was breathing without any assistance, such as mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

Johnson, who had gone into self-quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus last month and exhibiting “mild symptoms”, was admitted to St Thomas” Hospital on April 5 evening.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for the PM, has said he was “confident” the PM would recover from this illness, describing him as a “fighter”.

Johnson was originally admitted on the advice of his doctor, after continuing to display symptoms of cough and high temperature 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

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