Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, contaminated with Covid 19, has been hospitalized since Sunday evening. But he remains at his post. Boris Johnson “stays in control” of the government, his Housing Minister said on Monday.
“Today he is in the hospital for testing, but he will continue to be kept informed and in control of the government,” Robert Jenrick, minister responsible for the environment, told the BBC.
He has “good spirits” after a “quiet night” at the hospital, where he “remains under observation,” said Downing Street.
After being diagnosed ten days ago, the British Prime Minister was hospitalized on Sunday evening for further examinations, his services said, adding that it was a “precautionary measure”.
Boris Johnson “has had persistent symptoms for ten days,” said Robert Jenrick. “He spent the night in the hospital […] we hope that as a result of his tests he will be able to return to Downing Street as soon as possible, “added the Minister. Boris Johnson was taken to St Thomas Hospital in London, near Westminster, and placed on oxygen, according to The Times.
According to the left-wing daily The Guardian, “Johnson was more seriously ill than he or his officials were prepared to admit, and was seen by doctors worried about his breathing. His partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, said that she too suffered from symptoms of the disease for a week but is on the mend.
Robert Jenrick said the situation must be “very frustrating” for Boris Johnson, who continued to lead the government’s response from his apartment in Downing Street. In quarantine, the leader also posted video messages on his Twitter account, in which he appeared tired and encouraged his compatriots to stay at home.
The Covid-19 has already killed almost 5,000 people in the UK. In a rare speech, Queen Elisabeth II spoke directly to the British on Sunday evening to encourage them to collective resilience and instill in them a message of hope.