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Tuesday evening news briefing: Boris Johnson given oxygen support in intensive care

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PM given oxygen but not on ventilator, No 10 insists

The nation waits. Boris Johnson remains in intensive care and has been given oxygen support, it emerged today. However, No 10 has insisted he is not on a ventilator and is not suffering from pneumonia. His condition was described as "stable". Follow the latest through the night in our liveblog. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has taken the reins of Government, on the instruction of the Prime Minister. He took today's Downing Street press conference, telling the nation Mr Johnson's hospitalisation "comes as a shock to all of us" in Cabinet. He added: "One thing I know about this Prime Minister: He's a fighter. He'll be back at the helm, leading us through this crisis in short order." So who is the man who has been made de facto prime minister? Amy Jones profiles Mr Raab, the "ambitious" former lawyer who has the same lunch from Pret every day. Meanwhile, the messages of support continue to come in for Mr Johnson. The Queen has sent a message to his family and his pregnant partner Carrie Symonds, wishing the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery. Here is what Telegraph readers have said.

So what will Mr Johnson be faced with in intensive care? A coronavirus survivor has described the harrowing two hours in which a fellow patient cried out for his family before he died alone. Craig Farley-Jones said the heartbreaking scenes he witnessed on the Covid-19 ward at Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyne, would stay with him forever. He said he is speaking out to encourage people to take lockdown seriously. Here is a reminder of what Covid-19 does to your body.

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'Dedicated' surgeon dies after contracting coronavirus

The Queen also thanked healthcare workers today for their "selfless commitment and diligence". It came amid news an "incredibly dedicated" surgeon died after testing positive for Covid-19. Jitendra Rathod, 58, was an associate specialist in cardio-thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He died in the hospital's general intensive care unit early on Monday morning, health officials confirmed. He joins the list of courageous NHS workers who have died after testing positive for coronavirus. It comes as the UK death toll rose by 786 today to 6,159. Victoria Ward tells some of the victims' personal stories.

Tests you've never heard of 'hold key' to lockdown exit

At the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, housed within the high security Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, near Salisbury, scientists are pouring over 800 blood samples taken from a representative sample of the English population. They are conducting tests today which, more than any others you may have read about, will decide the shape and timing of Britain's coronavirus exit strategy. They may provide the key to the door that is lockdown. Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey reveal how, if the tests work, they will provide the UK with answers to the most important unknowns about Covid-19.

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Video: Life inside a coronavirus intensive care ward

An intensive care unit in Bournemouth has opened its doors to cameras showing what it is like to battle coronavirus on the frontline. Medics at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital were keen to show people what the reality of the situation is to encourage them to stay home and practice social distancing. Click here to watch the team caring for patients.

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