CORONA Boris Johnson now in ICU - perhaps in critical condition

smith357

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care as his coronavirus symptoms worsened, news outlets reported Monday.

“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,” a spokesman for No. 10 Downing Street said in a statement.

“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 spokesman said.

“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 spokesman added.
 

bw

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Whoever was asking where grieving families were may soon have a grieving country for evidence. Like we really needed that.
 
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fairywell

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has said.
Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a spokesman added.
The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday.
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NoMoreLibs

Kill A Commie For Mommie
I hope he doesn't need a ventilator. I hope they are giving him the needed antibiotics to stop this quickly.
We don't need any dead ally leaders.

What was the statistic of survival around here if on a vent?
I don't remember.
My mind is the next step. So Boris goes room temp. What next? Rejoin the EU and get some lefty back in charge? You heard it here first.
 

jward

passin' thru
Trump is next. Boris was Trump-lite. One way or the other, they're going to take Trump and whoever stands with him out.

Pray and prep hard, very hard.

Clean your dirty guns while you're at it.
Yup. We've talked so much about how the dirty rotten SOBs were rabid, cornered rats, likely to do anything as their last hail mary salvo against us anti-globalists....up to and including mass murder. Yet it still boggles the mind to see it take shape before our eyes. Interesting times, indeed. Who ever I p*ssed off to get a front row seat to the s*it show: please forgive me my sins & release me from my karma! :shkr:
 

night driver

ESFP adrift in INTJ sea
Yeah, leaving happened a few months ago...

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I told RELIC yesterday that I hadn't EXACTLY expected to live in the 21st Centrut's Replay of the 1930's Depression.
 

naegling62

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Well if he dies, that’s a good indicator that none of these awesome anti-vitals or malaria drugs that were supposed to be effective against COVID are worth crap. Because you can bet they’re using everything in their arsenal to cure him.
Yeah, this is the most important case so far. If he dies we're doomed.
 

The Hammer

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i really hope he makes it. really, really.

to those over in the uk, who is the person taking over for him right now? is that person decent?
I'm not in the UK (but I can do a pretty decent British accent), but...

I did hear the name Nicholas Raab. No idea who he is. I'm not even sure if he's the equivalent of a VP or just someone designated to stand in during a time like this.
 

WalknTrot

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I'm not in the UK (but I can do a pretty decent British accent), but...

I did hear the name Nicholas Raab. No idea who he is. I'm not even sure if he's the equivalent of a VP or just someone designated to stand in during a time like this.
Dominic Raab. He's Boris Johnson's right hand guy.




Who runs the country if Boris Johnson is out of action?

The Guardian
Heather Stewart
Sun 5 Apr 2020 17.04 EDT
First published on Sun 5 Apr 2020 16.53 EDT


In his role as first secretary of state, the prime minister’s de facto deputy, Dominic Raab will be expected to stand in for Boris Johnson if he is unable to work because of coronavirus.

While other ministers, including the health secretary Matt Hancock and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, have been more visible during the Covid-19 outbreak, that position means he takes up the prime minister’s responsibilities if Johnson were unable to perform them himself.

Until now aides to the prime minister have insisted that Johnson can continue to work by video link, like much of the rest of the workforce. But on Sunday night Downing Street said that Raab was expected to chair the government’s coronavirus meeting on Monday morning. No 10 said that despite Raab’s duties, Johnson remained in charge.

Like many of the government’s key decision-makers, Raab was a prominent figure in the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, sent out to tour TV studios and staff up the spin rooms for debates.

Unlike Michael Gove, whose dramatic intervention in that summer’s leadership contest has been forgiven but not forgotten, Raab is implicitly trusted by Johnson and his team. Also unlike Gove, he resigned rather than accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal – seen as the ultimate test of a true believer.

Raab has tested negative for coronavirus himself, having come down with a cough.

It has also been reported that if Johnson’s key aides, Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, were to be incapacitated, they would be replaced by Conservative campaign director Isaac Levido. Cummings also displayed symptoms of coronavirus last weekend.
 
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night driver

ESFP adrift in INTJ sea
Interesting (to me, a Savage) that they went with the Foreign Secy and not the Home secy. But as I said, I be one of them Savages from across the Pond.
 

jward

passin' thru
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said.

A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving "excellent care".

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", the spokesman added.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening.

The Queen has been kept informed about Mr Johnson's health by No 10, according to Buckingham Palace.

A No 10 statement read: "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 [Monday] 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."

It continued: "The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."

Mr Raab said there was an "incredibly strong team spirit" behind the prime minister.

He added that he and his colleagues were making sure they implemented plans Mr Johnson had instructed them to deliver "as soon as possible".

"That's the way we'll bring the whole country through the coronavirus challenge," he said.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said his thoughts were with the prime minister and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and that Mr Johnson would "come out of this even stronger".

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described it as "terribly sad news".

"All the country's thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time," he added.

Mr Johnson was initially taken to hospital for routine tests after testing positive for coronavirus 10 days ago. His symptoms included a high temperature and a cough.

Earlier on Monday, he tweeted that he was in "good spirits".


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After very, very little information was shared today, the prime minister was taken into intensive care at around 19:00 BST.

We've been told he is still conscious, but his condition has worsened over the course of the afternoon.

And he has been moved to intensive care as a precaution in case he needs ventilation to get through this illness.

The statement from Downing Street makes clear he is receiving excellent care and he wants to thank all of the NHS staff.

But something important has changed, and he has felt it necessary to ask his foreign secretary to deputise for him where needs be.

That is a completely different message from what we have heard over the past 18 hours or so, where it was continually "the prime minister is in touch" and "he is in charge" - almost like everything is business as usual.

But clearly being in intensive care changes everything.

Last month, the prime minister's spokesman said if Mr Johnson was unwell and unable to work, Mr Raab, as the first secretary of state, would stand in.

It 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.


Intensive care is where doctors look after the sickest patients - his admission to ICU is the clearest indication of how ill the prime minister is.

We do not know the full details of Mr Johnson's condition, but he is conscious and not being ventilated.

Not every patient in intensive care is ventilated, but around two-thirds are within 24 hours of admission with Covid-19.

This is a disease that attacks the lungs and can cause pneumonia and difficulty breathing.

This leaves the body struggling to get enough oxygen into the blood and to the body's vital organs.

There is no proven drug treatment for Covid-19, although there are many experimental candidates.

But the cornerstone of the prime minister's care will depend on getting enough oxygen into his body and supporting his other organs while his immune system fights the virus.



Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "sending [Mr Johnson] every good wish", while Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster added she was "praying for a full and speedy recovery".

Mr Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn both said their thoughts were with him.

Mrs May noted that the "horrific virus does not discriminate".

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he hoped Mr Johnson "overcomes this ordeal quickly."

For Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the news "deepens our compassion for all who are seriously ill" and those looking after them.

And Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted that St Thomas' Hospital had "some of the finest medical staff in the world" and that the prime minister "couldn't be in safer hands".






Media captionDominic Raab: Boris Johnson "still remains in charge of the government"
During the government's daily coronavirus briefing earlier on Monday, Mr Raab stressed that the prime minister had been continuing to run the government from hospital.

Asked whether that was appropriate, Mr Raab said Mr Johnson would "take the medical advice that he gets from his doctor".

"We have a team... that is full throttle making sure that his directions and his instructions are being implemented," he said.

The foreign secretary added that he had not spoken to the prime minister since Saturday.

On Saturday, Ms Symonds said she had spent a week in bed with the main symptoms. She said she had not been tested for the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who also tested positive for the virus and spent time in self-isolation, offered "all possible best wishes to Boris Johnson and his loved ones".

"I know he will receive the best possible care from our amazing NHS," he tweeted.

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