(PoliticalLookout.Com)- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital over the weekend after his coronavirus symptoms refused to die down. The Conservative Prime Minister tested positive for the Chinese virus in March, forcing him to go into isolation and work remotely.
Johnson initially reported mild symptoms on March 27, explaining, “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister, reported that he was taken to a London hospital as a “precautionary step” that was advised by his doctor.
“On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” Downing Street said in a statement. “This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
Johnson remains in his position as Prime Minister, delegating some tasks to his Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and other members of the Cabinet.
The BBC reported that Johnson will stay overnight and undergo “routine tests.”
The Prime Minister was last seen publicly on Thursday when he appeared on the steps of Downing Street, alone, applauding the NHS and key workers. Johnson joined the rest of the nation at 8 pm by applauding on his doorstep as a show of national unity.
Johnson remains active on Twitter, too, continuing to share videos of himself updating people on the situation. On Friday, he posted a video, in which he can be heard (with a croaky throat!) reminding people to stay at home and help protect lives.
He also reminded the British people that he is continuing his work to defeat the virus.
Another quick update from me on our campaign against #coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 3, 2020
“I still have a temperature. So in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes,” he explained. “But we’re working clearly the whole time on our program to beat the virus.”