British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been transferred to the intensive care unit of the hospital where he was admitted because of coronavirus infection.
His condition worsened, requiring intensive care, according to a statement from Downing Street (the prime minister’s official residence).
Earlier Monday, Johnson’s spokesman said the prime minister would stay in the hospital for a while. He always has to cough and has a fever, the spokesman said.
Johnson would not be on a ventilator on IC. But according to British media, he was previously given oxygen.
Russian state media reported Monday afternoon that the prime minister was being ventilated, but a spokesman for Johnson immediately dismissed it as deliberately misleading information.
Johnson announced late last month that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He initially went into home isolation but had to be admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in the British capital, London, on Sunday. This was done on the advice of his doctor.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been asked to temporarily replace the 55-year-old prime minister. “Where necessary,” said a government spokesman.