Coronavirus: UK Denies Boris Johnson Has Been Put on Ventilator


Boris Johnson’s spokesman denies reports by the Russian state media that the prime minister is being treated in hospital with a ventilator.

The UK government has accused Russia of spreading “disinformation” after the country’s state media reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being treated on a ventilator for the coronavirus.

Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday after experiencing “persistent symptoms” of the coronavirus.

His spokesman confirmed on Monday that the prime minister was admitted to St Thomas Hospital in London after continuing to experience a high temperature and a cough ten days after first testing positive for the virus.

According to official British sources, Johnson is in hospital for tests after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

His office said it was a “precautionary step”, not an emergency admission.

Johnson continues to lead the government, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Monday, after the British leader spent the night in hospital for tests, having been admitted a day earlier.

“He’ll stay in hospital as long as he needs to do that, but I’ve heard that he’s doing well and I very much look forward to him being back in Number 10 as soon as possible,” Jenrick told the BBC.

“This isn’t an emergency admission, and so I certainly expect that he’ll be back at Number 10 shortly,” he added, although he gave no timeframe.

“Obviously, today he’s in hospital having the test, but he’ll continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the government.”

On March 27, Johnson became the first leader of a major power to announce that he had tested positive. He went into isolation at a flat in Downing Street and said on Friday that he was staying there as he still had a high temperature.

Johnson has continued to chair daily meetings on the UK’s response to the outbreak and has released several video messages during his 10 days in isolation.

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