COVID-19: Boris Johnson placed on oxygen support

UK PM – Boris Johnson

A minister has revealed on Tuesday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent the night in intensive care with a worsening case of coronavirus, was placed on oxygen and not on a ventilator.

“The prime minister has received some oxygen support,” senior cabinet minister Michael Gove told LBC radio, adding that “he has not been on a ventilator” but it was there if needed.

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He was diagnosed with the Coronavirus on March 26, and moved to an intensive care unit of a London hospital after his condition worsened o Monday.

Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26 but continued to preside at daily meetings on the outbreak until Sunday.

The 55-year-old, who was admitted on Sunday evening for tests after continuing to suffer a cough and high temperature, has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him where necessary.

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Raab said Johnson was “in safe hands” at the hospital, which is treating many virus patients.

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