The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been admitted to hospital after failing to shake off coronavirus symptoms for 10 days.
The PM, who tested positive for covid-19 on March 27th, had displayed symptoms including a high fever and was taken to an unnamed hospital in London on Sunday after self-isolating for more than a week.
Johnson has been hoping to come out of self-isolation on Friday, however, his persistent temperature meant he remained in his flat at No. 11 Downing Street over the weekend.
While the official line from the UK Government said that Johnson was only mildly ill, sources reported that he was more seriously ill than reported and had difficulty breathing, according to the Guardian.
A Downing Street official confirmed the PM’s admission to hospital, saying:
“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 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, revealed she is also suffering from the virus but is “in recovery”.
This latest development has cast doubt on Johnson’s ability to lead the response in the fight against coronavirus across the UK.
Source: The Guardian