LONDON — Boris Johnsons condition was “stable” during his first night in intensive care with COVID-19, Downing Street said Tuesday afternoon.
The prime minister “remains in good spirits,” his official spokesperson said, and was receiving “standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.” He has “not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support,” the spokesperson said.
Johnson was admitted to Londons St. Thomas Hospital on Sunday evening and was transferred to its intensive care unit on Monday evening after his condition deteriorated.
Downing Street said the decision to transfer to the ICU was made as “a precautionary step in the event that he were to need ventilation.” Johnsons spokesperson said the prime minister does not have pneumonia.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who as first secretary of state is the de facto second in command within the Cabinet, has been asked by the prime minister to deputize for him “where necessary.” Raab chaired the governments COVID-19 “war cabinet” meeting on Tuesday morning. Johnsons spokesperson said that Raab had not spoken to the prime minister on Tuesday.
Political leaders from across the world have wished Johnson a speedy recovery, including Donald Trump who also suggested U.S. pharmaceutical firms could offer assistance with new potential drug treatments.
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