Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street have confirmed.
Johnson tested positive for the virus ten days ago but was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday for ‘routine tests’ due to persistent symptoms.
The Prime Minister had tweeted earlier today that he was in ‘good spirits’.
Johnson, 55, had asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him where necessary and will take decisions whilst he is incapacitated.
A Downing Street statement said that the move was based on the advice of his medical team.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” it added.
He is believed to be conscious and not on a ventilator at this time.
Political leaders from all sides of the aisle have been wishing the Prime Minister a speedy recovery.
Newly-elected Labour leader Keir Starmer described the move as ‘terribly sad news’ and said his thoughts are with his family at this ‘incredibly difficult time.’
Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle added that ‘the thoughts and prayers of everyone across the House’ will be with the Prime Minister and his family at this time.