British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was put into intensive care (ICU) when his health condition worsened.
Johnson, 55, who was diagnosed positive 10 days ago, is still awake and doesn’t require mechanical ventilation, AP quoted the prime minister’s office on 6 April.
“In the afternoon (April 6), the prime minister’s health deteriorated, and on the advice of the medical team, the prime minister was taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital.” , said the statement from No. 10 Downing Street.
Pale face, breathing oxygen from the afternoon
He was taken to the intensive care ward in case he needed mechanical ventilation.
Mr. Johnson’s rapidly deteriorating health condition surprised many British people.
Just a few hours ago, he wrote optimistically on Twitter, thanking the National Health System (NHS) for treating him and others.
No more details have been revealed about Mr. Johnson’s situation. However, BBC correspondent Chris Mason says the prime minister was given oxygen at the end of the afternoon on April 6 (local time) before being transferred to intensive care.
Officials meeting with Prime Minister Johnson through the Zoom system observed his worsening health, according to the Daily Mail.
Attending the meeting were Chief Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove, Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
They found Mr. Johnson looking pale and bracing, while others noticed he had difficulty breathing. A source in the British government told the Daily Mail “his symptoms persisted, not yet seen him improving, but worse.”
After the morning meeting on April 5, Mr. Johnson continued to call and work with letters, then walk in the garden on Downing Street. But he felt worse every hour – coughing, shortness of breath – and he agreed to talk to the doctor if he didn’t improve after napping.
The doctor found that the prime minister was significantly weaker than when they exchanged in the middle of the week. Johnson himself admitted that he did not follow the doctor’s advice to take as much rest as possible.
The doctor is also concerned because the prime minister has had pneumonia-like symptoms in the past – although that is not a sign that he has a underlying medical condition.
“Not all patients in intensive care have mechanical ventilation, but about two-thirds of Covid-19 patients in intensive care will require mechanical ventilation within 24 hours,” BBC health correspondent James Gallagher led a survey in the UK last week.
There is no background pathology
The disease attacks the lungs and can cause pneumonia, shortness of breath, causing the body to not get enough oxygen into the blood and to the organs … The most important treatment for the prime minister at this time is for the body and the The organ has enough oxygen, while the immune system fights the virus, ”Gallagher said.
A number of heads of state, including the United States and France, and politicians in the United Kingdom went on Twitter to encourage Mr. Johnson.
Earlier on April 6, the prime minister’s spokesman said Mr. Johnson felt comfortable on the night of April 5 after being admitted to the hospital, and remained in control of the government.
Mr. Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is also recovering from the symptoms of corona virus.
The British government on April 6 said 51,608 people were positive for Covid-19 in the UK, and 5,373 died.
The Cabinet is not in the position of deputy prime minister, but Secretary of State Dominic Raab has been appointed to take over the task if Prime Minister Johnson is unable to run the country.
“Government work continues,” said Raab, and said Mr. Johnson was “well cared for” at St. Petersburg hospital. Thomas, where many Covid-19 patients are being treated.
Prime Minister Johnson was overweight but he had no underlying disease. Even so, British prime ministers are often not public about their health, according to the AP.
The British Constitution has no clear rules about the situation where the Prime Minister is incapacitated or dies. Seven prime ministers have died while in office, but the latest case has been since 1865.
Immediately, Mr. Johnson entrusted Secretary of State Raab to run the government if necessary. But that doesn’t mean Raab will automatically take his place if Britain needs a new prime minister.
Housing minister Robert Jenrick told the BBC that Prime Minister Johnson had worked “especially hard” during the epidemic crisis, and said Mr. Johnson was “very upset” about the current illness.