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Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care as Coronavirus Symptoms Worsen

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street / Getty Images

By Paul Sandle, Costas Pitas, and Kylie MacLellan

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize, Downing Street said.

Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday night and had been undergoing tests after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms for more than 10 days, but the government had earlier said he was in good spirits and still in charge.

"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 spokesman for his office said.

"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputize for him where necessary."

Johnson, 55, tested positive for the virus on March 26.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Kate Holton, William James, Kylie MacLellan, Elizabeth Howcroft, Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge