UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one of the most high-profile people suffering from coronavirus (or COVID-19), has reportedly been taken to a London Hospital with "persistent" symptoms at the behest of his doctor, Downing Street has confirmed. This, 10 days after he confirmed that he is indeed suffering from the virus.
Note: The UK has confirmed 47,806 cases of the COVID-19 and 4,934 deaths.
"On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," his Downing Street office said in a statement. Johnson is also said to be suffering from fever, one of the symptoms associated with the virus. His office, meanwhile, has said that he is being taken to the hospital as a "precautionary" measure.
The Guardian reports that Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, is expected to stand in for the prime minister while he is in hospital and will chair the government’s coronavirus meeting this morning. The Prime Minister had earlier been coordinating the Government's efforts to fight the virus while in self isolation in Downing Street.
It may be recalled that Johnson on March 27 confirmed that he had been infected by the virus. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this", he had said.
Subsequently, a Downing Street spokeswoman told The Guardian, “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty. The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive. In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street. He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has issued a set of directives to the people in order to check the spread of the COVID-19.
Now, UK citizens are only allowed to go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if they cannot work from home). If they do go out, they have been advised to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times, and to wash their hands as soon as they get home. They have been discouraged from meeting even friends or family members.
Globally, the coronavirus continues its march across the world. Worldometers.info reports that 208 Countries and Territories around the world have reported a total of 1,274,346 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 that originated from Wuhan, China, and a death toll of 69,479 deaths.
The United States continues to lead the table in the total number of cases and has so far recorded 336,830 cases, with 9,618 deaths.
Italy has reported 128,945 cases and 15,887 deaths. Spain has reported 131,646 cases and 12,641 deaths.
Spain, another badly hit country, has reported 12,641 deaths, while as many as 131,646 cases have been reported.
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