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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to the ICU with Coronavirus After Condition 'Worsened'

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By Zachary Holt

One of the highest-ranking members of government within the world has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 14 days after testing positive for the coronavirus. It was announced on Monday that Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom Prime Minister's condition had worsened, leading him to be admitted to the local hospital in London, and subsequently, the ICU. Although reports have indicated that he's not having to use a ventilator for his breathing, the prime minister's fever has not subsided, resulting in worry throughout the country.

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Johnson Is Moved to the ICU Upon Coronavirus Condition Worsening

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According to reports, aides have stated that the move to the ICU was strictly a precautionary one in order to better treat the symptoms that Johnson was presenting to hospital personnel.

As a result of his stay in the Intensive Care Unit, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been placed in charge of the country 'where necessary' until Johnson is able to recover and demonstrate he has the ability to return to his post. Perhaps what is most shocking about the situation, though, is the rapid deterioration Johnson has undergone since his initial diagnosis two weeks prior.

A Spokesperson Offers a Formal Statement on PM Johnson's Condition

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Earlier in the day, Johnson tweeted out to the people of the United Kingdom and explained that despite his disposition, he was in 'good spirits'.

Over the course of the day, his condition worsened, although, where it particularly lies at the moment is unknown. "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," a spokesperson for the prime minister said Monday afternoon in a statement. "The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks to all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."

The Prime Minister Took to Social Media Monday Morning to Update His Status

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According to People Magazine, a spokesperson had revealed Johnson's symptoms consisted of a 'temperature and a cough', while also denying Russian correspondent reports that the prime minister was on a ventilator, citing the report as blatant 'disinformation'. On Sunday evening, Johnson tweeted out that he was heading to the hospital 'on the advice of my doctor'.

"I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms," the UK prime minister wrote on Twitter. "I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe."

Johnson Thanks the National Health System For Their Dedicated Work

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In a follow-up social media post, the Conservative Party leader praised the National Health System for their dedicated work to helping the country navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

"I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time," he wrote to social media. "You are the best of Britain. Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives."

Developments are sure to follow as the condition of Boris Johnson is of the utmost priority for not only the United Kingdom, but countless other nations and countries around the world.

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