UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as Covid-19 symptoms worsen

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will fulfil his duties where necessary

British PM Boris Johnson was on Monday evening moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street said cited by the BBC. He was admitted to hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening. His spokesman said Johnson was moved to intensive care on the advice of his medical team.

Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab do his duties "where necessary", the spokesman added. Raab said there was an "incredibly strong team spirit" behind the prime minister. He added he and his colleagues were making sure they implemented plans Johnson had instructed them to deliver "as soon as possible".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said his thoughts were with the PM and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and that Johnson would "come out of this even stronger". Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described it as "terribly sad news". "All the country's thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time," he added.

Mr Johnson was initially taken to hospital for routine tests after testing positive for coronavirus 10 days ago. His symptoms included a high temperature and a cough. After very, very little information was shared today, the prime minister was taken into intensive care at around 19:00 BST. His condition has worsened over the course of the afternoon.

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