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#PrayForBoris trends as worried British public urge stricken PM to pull through coronavirus fight

WORRIED Brits have urged Boris Johnson to get well soon after he was rushed to intensive care with coronavirus this evening.

Thousands have tweeted their support using the hashtag #PrayForBoris as the PM battles the deadly bug in St Thomas' Hospital, South London.

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Taking to Twitter to show his support, one user, Dillon Hughes-Moretti wrote: "Hang in there Boris. Your friends, family, colleagues and your country desperately needs you."

'COME ON OLD BOY'

Another, Tom Edwards wrote: "Mr Johnson, now - more than ever in your lifetime - your country needs you.

"Come on, old boy. You've got this."

Another said her "heart was breaking" as the Prime Minister faced a fight for his life in hospital.

Others urged people to put their political views aside while wishing the PM a speedy recovery.

X Factor runner up Rhydian Roberts wrote: "Come on Boris. Pull through.

"No matter what your political persuasion is, we should all hope our PM recovers."

Another added: "This is a time for supporting the PM no matter what your political views are."

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The PM, who was admitted to hospital on Sunday, was transferred to intensive care this evening as his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened.

Doctors watching him closely in hospital became alarmed at his deterioration this afternoon.

It it understood the PM was in good spirits this morning but this afternoon he began to struggle to breathe and needed oxygen.

He is not yet on a ventilator and is still conscious - but doctors were preparing a unit to be ready by his bedside should he worsen overnight.

'GENUINE FEARS'

The news has sparked concern across the UK, with thousands taking to social media to share their fears.

So far, the hashtag #PrayForBoris has been tweeted more than 20,000 times.

Twitter user @MarcherLord1 wrote: "I have genuine fears for the PM's life now that he's on oxygen, don't understand this."

Another added: "This is becoming deeply worrying. Come on Boris, pull out of this."

Mr Johnson was taken to hospital for tests on Sunday evening - after his GP saw him on a Zoom video call, the Daily Mail reports.

His condition worsened over the course of Monday, and doctors made the decision to transfer him to intensive care around 7pm.

It comes as the UK coronavirus death toll broke the 5,000-mark after another 439 people died from the killer bug.

Meanwhile, positive cases have now reached 51,608 in the UK - up from 47,806 yesterday.

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