Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Please Pray for Boris Johnson!

Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care last night after his condition worsened amid concerns that he may need a ventilator to aid his fight against coronavirus.
The prime minister was put into the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, south London, at 7pm after experiencing breathing difficulties.

Downing Street said that he was conscious and that the move was a precautionary measure. Pneumonia had not been diagnosed.
Mr Johnson, 55, had not been intubated — where a tube is inserted into the windpipe before ventilation — but needed four litres of oxygen in intensive care, sources at the hospital said. The normal threshold for intensive care is 15 litres, suggesting that he was in better health than such patients generally.
Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, chaired an emergency meeting with the cabinet by video conference to update ministers on Mr Johnson’s condition shortly before the public announcement. One said that it was a “truly shocking” moment.
Shortly before being transferred to intensive care Mr Johnson made clear that Dominic Raab, 46, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, should deputise for him “where necessary”.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “Over the course of this afternoon the condition of the prime minister worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital. The prime minister is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
The deterioration in Mr Johnson’s condition was rapid. He was admitted to hospital at 8pm on Sunday for tests after experiencing a “persistent” cough and high fever after ten days in isolation. He was promptly given oxygen.
At noon yesterday Downing Street said that he remained in charge of the country and was receiving his red box of official papers. At 1.20pm he said on Twitter: “Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
“I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time. You are the best of Britain. Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Mr Raab chaired a meeting of the coronavirus “war cabinet” yesterday morning. At 5pm he held a press conference in which he said the prime minister was in charge and had been issuing instructions. Concerns were raised, however, when Mr Raab said he had not spoken to Mr Johnson since Saturday. Within an hour Mr Johnson was moved to intensive care.
Mr Raab said later: “He has been receiving excellent care at St Thomas’ Hospital.” Mr Raab thanked the NHS “up and down the country” and added: “The government’s business will continue. The prime minister is in safe hands.”

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