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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Is Stable And 'In Good Spirits' After Being Taken To ICU

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By Clark Sparky

U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson was transferred to the intensive care unit of a London hospital on Monday due to his coronavirus condition, but is now doing better according to a spokesperson.

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He is receiving oxygen treatment but is not on a ventilator and also has not been diagnosed with pneumonia.

"The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits," the spokesperson said. "He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and is breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told BBC Radio 4 the Johnson was taken to the ICU "to make sure that whatever support the medical team consider to be appropriate can be provided." Gove went on to say that the prime minister was "receiving the very best care."

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Johnson revealed his positive coronavirus test on March 27, making him the first world leader to be diagnosed with COVID-19. A statement released on Monday announced his transfer to the ICU.

"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," a statement read. "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 is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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