The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to be deputised, as Deputy Prime Minister, a No 10 spokesman said on Monday evening.
Raab said on Monday evening, “The Prime Minister is in safe hands with that brilliant team at St Thomas’ hospital, and the focus of the government will continue to be on making sure that the Prime Minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward.
“There’s an incredibly strong team spirit behind the Prime Minister, and making sure that we get all of the plans the Prime Minister’s instructed us to deliver, to get them implemented as soon as possible.
“And that’s the way it will bring the whole country through the coronavirus challenge that we face right now.”
A spokesperson for Downing Street said, “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Johnson was moved to the ICU at St Thomas’ at around 7pm on Monday night after his condition worsened over the course of Monday, the spokesperson said, should he require a ventilator and need to be intubated.
The NHS website states that ICU’s are, “Specialist hospital wards that provide treatment and monitoring for people who are very ill.”
Adding, “Intensive care is needed if someone is seriously ill and requires intensive treatment and close monitoring, or if they’re having surgery and intensive care, can help them recover.
“Most people in an ICU have problems with one or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.”
Uniformed police officers are stationed at the entrance to St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday evening. Throughout the day officers and police vehicles could be seen entering and exiting St. Thomas’s hospital.
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Twitter, “My thoughts are with the PM and his family, sending him every good wish.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Twitter, “My thoughts tonight are with @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds. I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted, “Praying for the Prime Minister’s swift recovery tonight. @GSTTnhs has some of the finest medical staff in the world, and he couldn’t be in safer hands.”
The UK’s Commons Foreign Affairs Committee claimed in a report on Monday, that China sought to “obfuscate” what was happening with coronavirus.
Ma Hui, minister of the Chinese embassy in London told Sky News, “The Chinese government has been very transparent and open with sharing information about coronavirus.”
Ma answered why the government continued to say there was no human-to-human transmission in January, when Chinese doctors said the opposite, Ma said there was not enough evidence at that point.
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