A Cabinet ally of Boris Johnson has said "things are getting better" for the Prime Minister after he spent a third night in intensive care.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, confirmed there was no deterioration in the Tory leader's condition as of 7am on Thursday.

Mr Johnson has so far been able to avoid being put on a ventilator, the sign of the most serious complications from Covid-19.

And last night the Chancellor said Mr Johnson - who has now had symptoms for 13 days - had improved to the point he had been sitting up in bed.

Mr Dowden told BBC Breakfast this morning: "It remains as we said yesterday.

The PM was taken to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday

"He’s stable, improving, sat up and engaged with medical staff.

"I’ve known the Prime Minister for a long time and I wish him well in this difficult time and I think things are getting better for him."

Downing Street say the PM's condition has not worsened since Monday when he was first taken to intensive care.

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The last official update, just before 7pm on Wednesday, said: "The Prime Minister continues to make steady progress. He remains in intensive care."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak added last night: "The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving.

"I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and been engaging positively with the clinical team."