Coronavirus: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson enters intensive care for complications with covid-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was placed in intensive care on Monday after his covid-19 symptoms worsened.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was placed in intensive care on Monday after his covid-19 symptoms worsened. The 55-year-old prime minister had been taken to London's St. Thomas hospital on Sunday for ‘persistent symptoms’ of coronavirus..
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson enters intensive care for complications with covid-19
‘Throughout the afternoon, the prime minister's situation has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he was transferred to the intensive care unit,’ said a government statement.
The 55-year-old prime minister had been taken to London's St. Thomas hospital on Sunday for ‘persistent symptoms’ of covid-19.
The prime minister had worked from home since he was diagnosed on March 27.
The last time he was seen in public was on Thursday, applauding health workers from his Downing Street residence.
On Friday, Johnson posted a video on Twitter in which he said he still had minor symptoms of the disease.
Boris Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas Hospital on Sunday.
And this same Monday he also pointed out on Twitter that although he continued to have symptoms, he was in good spirits and in contact with his government team.
Johnson asked Foreign Minister Dominic Raab to take over the leadership of the British government on an interim basis.
Raab said that he will effectively replace the prime minister ‘when necessary to push through the government's plans to defeat the coronavirus.’
The head of British diplomacy said Johnson receives ‘excellent care’ at St Thomas Hospital in London and said that the government thanks all the staff of the United Kingdom Health Service (NHS) for the work they are doing during the outbreak.
When asked about how concerned the British public should be about the government's operation, Raab replied that the focus will be to state that the ‘Prime Minister's direction and all plans to ensure that we can beat the coronavirus and drive the country out through this challenge will be met.‘
‘There is an incredibly strong team spirit behind the prime minister who makes sure that all the plans he has ordered us to carry out... are implemented as soon as possible.’
No more ‘everything works normally’ in Downing Street

ANALYSIS

After very little information was shared on Monday, the prime minister was taken to the intensive care unit around 7:00 p.m. London time (6:00 p.m. GMT).
We are told that he was still conscious, but his condition had worsened in the course of the afternoon.
He was transferred to intensive care as a precaution in case he needs an artificial respirator to overcome this disease.
The information provided on Downing Street (the British Prime Minister's office and official residence) makes it clear that he is receiving excellent care and that he wants to thank all the staff of the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS).
But something important did change: it was considered necessary to ask his foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to replace him where necessary.
That is a completely different message from what we have heard in the last 18 hours, where it was continually said that ‘the prime minister is in contact’ and ‘he is in charge’, almost as if everything were as usual.
But clearly being in intensive care changes everything.
Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer spoke of ‘terribly sad news.’
‘The whole country is with the Prime Minister and his family at this difficult time,’ he added.
This Monday, the official number of the British authorities was 5,373 dead, an increase of 439 in one day, and 51,608 confirmed cases.
The last time he appeared in public was to ‘applaud’ health workers in his country.

Who takes over when a prime minister becomes ill?

The United Kingdom does not have a formal constitutional role as an acting deputy minister or prime minister to exercise if the head of government becomes incapacitated, says the Institute for Government (IoG).
However, the Prime Minister usually designates someone to do his homework if something happens to him.
At the start of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was announced as the ‘designated survivor’ of the United Kingdom.
Downing Street confirmed that Raab is now taking over where they need him.
The IoG says that if a prime minister were to die in office and there is a majority government (as there is now), it would be up to the cabinet to recommend an immediate successor to the Queen.
But we are not close to that point, since the government assured that Boris Johnson was transferred to intensive care as a precautionary measure.
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