UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson released from ICU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was recently transferred to "standard care" at St. Thomas 'Hospital from the intensive care unit, while his health progresses weeks after catching the novel coronavirus that triggers COVID-19.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 09:51 IST

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UK Prime Minister Released

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reportedly moved out of the intensive care unit into "standard care" at St. Thomas' Hospital, as his condition improves weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. "The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," a No. 10 Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement to NBC News. 

Johnson spent three nights at the ICU, where he was transferred after his symptoms of coronavirus deteriorated on Monday (April 6), the government said in a statement. The Washington Post confirmed that physicians transferred him to ICU as a measure in case he ended up requiring a ventilator to breathe. Minister Michael Gove of the Cabinet Office said at the time that Johnson was getting oxygen, but that he was not on a ventilator, The New York Times reported.

Gove said that he did not know whether the prime minister had acquired pneumonia, which is normal in more serious COVID-19 situations, the Times published. Johnson, 55, had been admitted as a precautionary measure to St. Thomas, 'a National Health Service hospital, since he already had signs of coronavirus even though 10 days had elapsed after he was first diagnosed, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said during a press conference on Monday (April 6). A British government statement suggested that Johnson had requested Raab to "deputize for him where necessary," the Post stated. Protection Status