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.
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II made a special broadcast to the British public to address the coronavirus pandemic. It was only the fourth time the Queen has made such an address. Prince Charles, the queen's son, tested positive for the virus in March but has since recovered.