Boris Johnson Admitted to the Hospital After Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms

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Posted: Apr 05, 2020 5:25 PM
Boris Johnson Admitted to the Hospital After Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms

Source: Lindsey Parnaby / Pool via AP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday on the advice of his medical doctor. Johnson has reportedly suffered from persistent symptoms related to the Wuhan coronavirus since testing positive for the virus back on March 27th. 

A spokesperson for the prime minister said Johnson's hospital admission was a precautionary measure rather than an emergency one. 

"This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus. The prime minister thanks [National Health Service] staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives," the spokesperson said. 

While self-isolating, Johnson has continued to lead the British government's response to the Wuhan coronavirus. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is set to become acting prime minister if Johnson is no longer able to carry out his duties.

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