Monday 6 April 2020

Boris Johnson is taken to hospital 'as a precaution' after struggling to shake off 'persistent symptoms' of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive

Boris Johnson has tonight been taken to hospital after struggling to shake off persistent coronavirus symptoms.

Downing Street stressed that the Prime Minister will undergo tests merely as a precaution, on the advice of his doctor.

His admittance to an undisclosed London NHS hospital comes 10 days after he first tested positive for the infection and began self-isolating in his Number 11 flat.

In a Twitter video on Friday, an exhausted-looking Mr Johnson revealed he was still suffering from a high temperature.

But he has continued to spearhead the government's response to the health crisis, which today sadly saw deaths climb by 621 to 4,934 and cases rise by 5,903 to 47,806.

News of Mr Johnson's hospitalisation came shortly after the Queen's address to the nation, in which she told Britons to steel themselves for challenging weeks ahead.

In a message of hope, Her Majesty urged the public to take comfort in the knowledge that better times lie ahead and that loved ones will be reunited.

On another landmark day in the UK's coronavirus epidemic:

The Queen hailed the sacrifice of frontline NHS workers battling the virus in a rare televised address;
Britons described Her Majesty's message as her 'finest moment';
The number of cases rose 5,903 to 47,806 and the number of deaths climbed by 621 to 4,934;
Health Secretary Matt Hancock threatened to revoke the right to exercise outdoors if people continued to flout social distancing measures;
Scotland's chief medical officer resigned after she was caught travelling to her family home and was accused of flouting her own advice;
A 54-year-old from Essex became the first midwife to die with coronavirus in England.

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