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Share07 April 2020United Kingdom with bated breath for Boris Johnson: conditions of the premier, infected with Covid-19, worsened in the late afternoon to the point that he was transferred to the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital, where he is hospitalized from Sunday. For this, said Downing Street, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been delegated to take his place "as far as necessary".
The news shocked the country and sparked a wave of bipartisan solidarity with the conservative leader. Since yesterday rumors have circulated that BoJo, 55, was already in artificial ventilation, but they had all been denied. Today, in the usual government briefing on the coronavirus emergency, foreign minister and first secretary of state, Dominic Raab said that the head of government was "in a good mood". Only a few hours later, however, a spokesman for Downing Street broke the news, explaining that the transfer was necessary following the "worsening conditions of the prime minister".
"On the advice of his medical team, he was taken to the intensive care unit," continued the spokesman, adding that Johnson "asked Dominic Raab to replace him as needed." In concrete terms, the British media explain, Raab does not become an interim premier: the 46-year-old ultrà from Brexit and karate black belt 'takes charge of the government's response to the coronavrius emergency. Government activities "go on," said the Foreign Minister, assuring Johnson is "in good hands". BoJo - whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant and with symptoms even though she has not been swabbed - was taken to intensive care around 7 pm (London time) as a precautionary measure, in case she needed the ventilator. According to Sky News, he is conscious.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, now deputizing as prime minister, speaks after Boris Johnson was taken into intensive care.
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Criticized for his initially very relaxed approach to the emergency, Johnson tested positive for the swab 11 days ago; he immediately went into isolation in Downing Street, while remaining in command of the government and the fight against the virus. The quarantine period did not lead to improvements. On Friday, he appeared exhausted in a video on Twitter in which he reported having high fever and other symptoms.
Starmer: "Sad news". Khan: "I pray for the prime minister's speedy recovery"
Messages of bewilderment and solidarity have come from across the British political spectrum. The new Labor Party leader, Keir Starmer, spoke of "terribly sad news". "Thoughts across the country are with the prime minister and his family," tweeted Starmer, while another Labor official, London mayor Saidq Khan, said he "pray for the prime minister's speedy recovery."
Queen informed, follows developments
Queen Elizabeth, 94 years old in two weeks, was informed tonight at Windsor Castle, where she withdrew as a precaution with her husband Philip against the background of the coronavirus emergency, of the transfer of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intensive care. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace reported this, stating that the sovereign has been contacted from Downing Street and is being updated. Meanwhile, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the highest ecclesiastical authority of the Anglican Church, of which the queen is nominally head, has issued a message in which he has invited everyone to deepen their feelings of "compassion" towards the premier, "all those who are seriously ill and those who take care of it. " "I invite people of faith to join me in prayer for Boris Johnson and his loved ones," wrote Welby.
Trump: "Johnson is strong and won't give up"
US President Donald Trump has expressed support for Boris Johnson, suffering from coronavirus and hospitalized in intensive care for the worsening of his condition. "I also want to send my best wishes to a great friend of mine, and a friend for our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson," said Trump during the daily briefing in the White House. "We are very saddened - he added - in knowing that he has been hospitalized in intensive care. And the Americans are all praying for his recovery. He is really a good friend, he is strong and he does not give up".
Trump continued: "We have contacted all of Boris Johnson's doctors" because when you are admitted to ICU "it becomes very serious". The US President explained that he had asked the pharmaceutical companies to contact London to help the British premier.
Macron: "All my support to Johnson"
"All my support for Boris Johnson, his family and the British people in this difficult time. I wish him to quickly pass this test." French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter commenting on the news that British premier Boris Johnson, suffering from coronavirus, was transferred to intensive care.
Tout mon soutien à Boris Johnson, à sa famille et au peuple britannique in difficult moment. Je lui souhaite de surmonter cette épreuve rapidement.- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 6, 2020
Von der Layen: "Best wishes for a speedy recovery"
"My thoughts are with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his family tonight. I wish him a full and speedy recovery." So did the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Conte: "Italy with Johnson"
"My thoughts go to Boris Johnson and the British people. I wish you a speedy recovery. You have the support of all the Italian government and my staff. We are confident that your country will overcome this difficult moment." This was written by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Twitter after the hospitalization of the British Prime Minister Johnson infected with coronavirus.
My thoughts go to @BorisJohnson and all the British people. I wish you a fast recovery. You have the whole Italian Government's support and my personal one. We are all confident that your country will get through this difficult time.- Giuseppe Conte (@GiuseppeConteIT) April 6, 2020