BORIS Johnson's fiancée Carrie Symonds is facing the agony of being unable to be at his side as he battles coronavirus in intensive care.
Symonds, currently six months' pregnant, is herself recovering after experiencing symptoms of the virus, and is now reported to have left Downing Street to isolate at her mother's home.
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The prime minister spent ten days in isolation at Downing Street before being taken to London's St Thomas Hospital yesterday because his symptoms had still not cleared.
This afternoon it was announced that his symptoms had continued to worsen and that he had been admitted to intensive care.
St Thomas's is currently not allowing any visitors to its adult patients as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Symonds is yet to comment publicly on the prime minister's admission, though did tweet about her own condition on Saturday.
"I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus," she wrote.
"I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend."
The day before the prime minister announced his own diagnosis, Symonds posted a photo of herself in isolation at a flat in Camberwell.
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She also wrote on Saturday that having the virus while pregnant was "obviously worrying", though shared an information page for other pregnant women which she said she had found "[very] reassuring".
The coronavirus is not currently thought to pose any special danger to pregnant women, but they are currently advised to be particularly careful to take precautions like washing their hands and practising social distancing.
Symonds normally lives in a flat above Number Eleven with the prime minister and their dog Dilyn.
She is now thought to have gone to her mother's home in East Sheen, South West London, and to have taken Dilyn with her.
Speaking to the Sun this evening, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and medical director of patientaccess.com, said the prime minister would be in the "best possible hands" at St Thomas'.
"They have more experience of coronavirus than almost all other hospitals [in the UK]," she said.
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"They have the top doctors in the country, and what's more they have seen more Covid-19 patients.
"London is about two to three weeks ahead of the rest of the UK and Guys and St Thomas's are about two to three weeks ahead of the rest of London in terms of how they understand this disease.
"He couldn't be in better hands."
The prime minister is now being deputised for by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
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Speaking tonight, Raab said there was an "incredibly strong team spirit" in government and thanked NHS staff around the country for the efforts in tackling the epidemic.
The coronavirus has infected at least 51,000 people in the UK and more than 1.3 million worldwide since breaking out in December.