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Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street says

BORIS Johnson has been taken into intensive care tonight as his coronavirus diagnosis took a turn for the worse.

The Prime Minister was transferred at around 7pm this evening after he went into St Thomas' in South London last night.

He is not yet on a ventilator, Downing Street said tonight, and is still conscious.

And he had has passed over responsibilities to his defacto deputy, Dominic Raab.

The condition of the PM got worse over the course of the afternoon, and doctors made the decision to transfer him to intensive care in the early evening.

No10 aides had insisted earlier that his hospital stay was just as a precaution.

A No 10 spokesman said: "Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.

"The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."

The news comes 11 days after the PM was diagnosed with the virus.

He has carried on working in No11 Downing Street so far, dialling into conference calls and coordinating the daily Covid 19 meeting of ministers.

After Boris was admitted to hospital, No10 insisted it was because his symptoms of a cough and temperature had not gone away.

They said he was continuing to work from hospital and was getting his red box delivered.

Just three hours ago Dominic Raab insisted the PM was still very much in charge and leading the Government through the crisis.
But he then admitted he hadn't actually spoken to him since Saturday - before he went into hospital.

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