Downing Street release full statement after Boris Johnson is taken to intensive care

Downing Street has released a full statement after it was confirmed that Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care this evening.

The Prime Minister was admitted to St Thomas Hospital in London on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

According to Sky News, the cabinet was informed of the Prime Minister's condition via video call and that the Prime Minister was not on a ventilator.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says "there is an incredibly strong team spirit behind the Prime Minister and we're making sure that we get all the plans he has instructed us to deliver implemented as soon as possible"

A spokesman for 10 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."

"The PM was moved to the ICU (intensive care unit) at St Thomas’ a short time ago. (around 7pm)

"The decision was made by the PM’s medical team after his condition worsened over the course of this afternoon (Monday).

"Before he was moved to ICU, the PM asked the Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State to deputise for him where necessary.

"The PM remains conscious at this time. He has been moved to the ICU as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery."

The 55-year-old was reportedly feeling better, however it is said that his condition worsened quickly and had "slammed him".

On Saturday, Johnson's wife Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, said she had spent a week in bed with the main symptoms. She said she had not been tested for the virus.

The news comes as the number of coronavirus hospital deaths in the UK reached 5,373 - an increase of 439 in a day.

The Department of Health and Social Care said there were now 51,608 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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