The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital in London after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday.
Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for “routine tests” because his condition had not improved ten days after he tested positive for the virus, his office said in a statement.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he will step into his place “where necessary” because his condition has “worsened”.
Downing Street said Johnson remains conscious at this time and was moved to the ICU as a precaution in case a ventilator is needed.
“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.
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 deputise for him where necessary.
The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”