April 6, 2020 / 7:21 PM / 2 months ago

UK PM Johnson in intensive care after COVID-19 worsens

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care in hospital after his COVID-19 worsened, his office said on Monday.

“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” Downing Street said.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputize for him where necessary.”

A source later said Johnson remained conscious.

Reporting by Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison

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