According to his spokesman, Boris Johnson was in stable condition Tuesday in a hospital intensive care unit with the coronavirus, and while he is not on a ventilator, he is receiving oxygen. Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital late Sunday and was later moved to the ICU Monday evening after his conditioned worsened. Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is herself recovering from coronavirus symptoms.
Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26. He continued to work throughout his illness, to the concern of some of his colleagues,during his 10 days in isolation and also made video messages where he urged Britons to observe social distancing and stay home.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has taken over many of Johnson’s duties temporarily while he is being treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital.If Raab were to fall ill, finance minister Rishi Sunak would be next in line. Britain has no official post of deputy prime minister and its unwritten constitution does not have a clear rule for what happens if a prime minister dies or becomes incapacitated.
As of Monday 51,608 people had been confirmed to have the coronavirus in Britain, and 5,373 have died.