Boris Johnson is likely to undergo several crucial tests, including checking oxygen levels and organ function before he is released from hospital, according to doctors.

His white blood cell count and liver and kidney function will be analysed and the PM is likely to undergo an electrocardiogram to check his heart.

Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday night as a precaution with him still displaying symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after being diagnosed.

GP Dr Sarah Jarvis told the BBC the Prime Minister would also have his chest X-rayed and lungs scanned, particularly if he was found to be struggling for breath.

Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday after failing to shake off the coronavirus

She said around 80% of people who contract the virus only suffer from mild symptoms.

The remaining 20% would suffer moderate to severe illness.

Dr Jarvis said: "Under normal circumstances, given he is staying in charge of the Government, that suggests to me that he probably has moderate disease."

She added: "The main focus though is going to be on his lungs.

"The majority of people [with moderate or severe symptoms] are going to progress to have inflammation of the lungs and that inflammation can result in damage to lung tissue but also importantly can prevent oxygen being transferred into the bloodstream."

The PM is in St Thomas' Hospital in Central London

She said it would probably take a few hours for the tests to be conducted and the scans analysed by a consultant.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, senior clinical lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School, said the PM's doctors would be be playing it safe, because pneumonia can take hold very quickly.

"If a patient is developing pneumonia, it can get progressively worse very quickly and hence early admission upon the first signs of difficulty with breathing are very important," he said.

Dr Jarvis said it would be difficult for the Prime Minister to carry on working as those with moderate or severe symptoms tend to become breathless very quickly and suffer from exhaustion.

Police officers outside the hospital where Boris Johnson was admitted

"At the severe stage, they may become more breathless even at rest and find it difficult to speak more than a couple of sentences - those are the levels at which you should be calling for emergency help," she said.

"Given that we have been told that at this stage this is routine, his brain certainly sounds like it is getting enough oxygen, but it is clearly exhausting."

She said it was possible Mr Johnson had received a larger "dose" of the virus than Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was diagnosed at the same time and since recovered.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is back at work after recovering from coronavirus

"That may be why someone who lives in a house with someone who has been affected and is constantly exposed to the virus is more likely to get severe illness," she said.

"Likewise there is something called anti-body dependent enhancement where your immune system may go into overdrive and that may account for some people getting very severe inflammation."

A number of figures in the British political sphere took to Twitter to wish Johnson a speedy recovery, including new Labour leader Keir Starmer.

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While US president Donald Trump also expressed his well wishes last night.

He referred to the PM as a "great friend of mine" and a "strong man" during Sunday night's White House press briefing.

"I'm sure he is going to be fine," said Trump. "He's a strong man, a strong person."