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BREAKING: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as coronavirus symptoms persist Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021

The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital as his coronavirus symptoms have continued to persist 10 days after he tested positive.

Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests as a “precautionary step”.

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“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.

“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” wrote Downing Street spokesperson.

Johnson was the first major elected leader to test positive for the coronavirus. His admission came on the same day Queen Elizabeth II address the coronavirus pandemic in a rare televised address to the nation.

There are currently over 48,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with 4,900 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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