U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has oxygen support as he battles for life in London

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had oxygen support since his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday, as he battles for life in London, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

Cove said Johnson is not on a ventilator but has had some oxygen support.

He added that if his condition changes the government will make an official statement.

“He’s not on a ventilator no,” Gove told LBC radio. “The prime minister has received some oxygen support and he is kept under, of course, close supervision.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of St. Thomas Hospital in London after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday.

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.

Full statement:

“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.”

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