WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After being tested positive for coronavirus in late March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been in quarantine inside his Downing Street residence.
- On Sunday, the British leader was admitted to a hospital to undergo further testing due to persistent symptoms, on the advice of medical professionals.
- The United Kingdom announces that there are 48,407 coronavirus cases and 4,943 deaths in the country.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital for tests, 10 days after his test results came back positive for the coronavirus. The spokesperson from Downing Street confirms this on Sunday, saying that the hospital admission was only precautionary, not an emergency admission.
Johnson was brought to the hospital on the advice of his doctor following “persistent symptoms”, including a high fever. Johnson was put in mandatory isolation since March 27, the day the diagnosis was announced. The spokesperson said that the prime minister continues his work, keeping in touch with other officials and colleagues inside the British government.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” the spokesperson continued.
Johns Hopkins University announces a record of 48,407 confirmed cases and 4,943 deaths in the United Kingdom as of Sunday. There are now 1.26 million reported cases and 68,400 dead from the coronavirus pandemic on a global scale.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
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. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri
Prime Minister Johnson first experienced coronavirus-related symptoms on March 26 before he participated in the national campaign supporting NHS workers, clapping for coronavirus front-line fighters. His test results, later that night, came back positive for coronavirus and the prime minister has been isolated inside his 11 Downing Street residence since.
This news comes after the prime minister had contact with another in parliament who had picked up the infection but has declined to have himself tested after. Johnson has named Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as his successor should the former be unable to perform his duties.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, senior members of the UK government, also tested positive for the coronavirus; both have recovered and out of isolation.
Queen Elizabeth II is at Windsor Castle, also under isolation with Prince Philip, after Prince Charles, heir to the throne, tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Queen addressed the country on Sunday evening, expressing gratitude to those at the frontlines, everyone working “selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home” to provide for others. The gratitude was also extended to everyone else who are following safety protocols for “helping to protect the vulnerable.”
“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different,” the Queen said. “This time, we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive passion to heal. We will succeed, and that success will belong to every one of us.”
Source: Business Insider