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Trump says US praying for ‘good friend’ Boris fighting coronavirus - ‘He doesn’t give up!’

The US President described the Prime Minister as a “very good friend of mine” and “a friend to our nation” as he opened his daily coronavirus press briefing today. He said: “Americans are all praying for his recovery.” Mr Johnson, 55, who was admitted to St Thomas' hospital in London on Sunday due to suffering symptoms for 10 days, has been moved to intensive care after his condition worsened.

A Number 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 Prime Minister has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.

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

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Donald Trump has said Americans are praying for Boris Johnson (Image: EXPRESS)

Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister tweeted: “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.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson in intensive care: Downing Street statement in full

Trump added:  "I want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine, and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"We are very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon.

"Americans are all praying for his recovery - he's been a really good friend and something very special: strong, resolute, doesn't quit, doesn't give up.

The US President also revealed that his administration has contacted "all of Johnson's doctors".

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Trump said: "When you get into intensive care it really, really gets serious with this disease."

The president also added he has asked two leading companies that helped find treatments for AIDS and Ebola to contact London.

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