CORONA Boris Johnson now in ICU - perhaps in critical condition

Bubble Head

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Whether or not he would be able to take the HCQ/Z cocktail.
What is the difference? Low iron results in what? High iron or normal results in what? I didn't know the cocktail was iron associated.

My prayers go out to him and his family. I understand his wife also has it and she is pregnant. He does seem like a decent fellow and placing his countries interest first.
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
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.
There is no "protocol" for this as RTE explained it, the UK has no system (like Ireland has) for a VP type position (we have The Tánaiste) instead Johson had picked his Foreign Sec to conduct business if he was incapacitated.

The news on RTE (live broadcast) was explaining that this left the UK in a very uncertain situation because it isn't like the Foreign Secretary suddenly is the "acting" Prime Minister exactly, he sort of is and he sort of isn't.

There were jokes last week that he was the "Designated Survivor" which now don't seem nearly so funny.

My hunch is that he will try to muddle through the next few days until the outcome is clearer if Boris passes away or looks to be unable to perform his job for any length of time; there may have to be something done about an "acting Prime Minister" and I have no idea how that would be handled, followed by a Torry Party vote for a new leader (who would then become the Prime Minister).
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Any politician who tells the EU to stick it, leads as a conservative AND gets away with hair like an early 80's punk rocker gets much respect from me. The British are for all intents and purposes America's staunchest ally in the world. They have never wavered in their support of us, and we have maintained steadfast support of them.

I pray he pulls through.

And Melodi, you're right. Jokes about a "designated survivor" definitely aren't funny. That brings up visions of letters of last resort, decentralized UK govt. etc. A scary thought.
 

skoaldiak

WWG1WGA
What is the difference? Low iron results in what? High iron or normal results in what? I didn't know the cocktail was iron associated.

My prayers go out to him and his family. I understand his wife also has it and she is pregnant. He does seem like a decent fellow and placing his countries interest first.
 

NoMoreLibs

Kill A Commie For Mommie
Rumor has it he has died and it will be announced in the morning.....
Yeah, I'm betting within 24 hours they'll announce and announce his replacement. Ya know, some guy from Central Europe, has all the answers for the world's problems....yada, yada, yada.
 

jward

passin' thru
Nope. Not good at all. But- No healing is beyond the source of all healing, and it all works according to his perfect plan, so.... I'll keep praying and keep believing in the light, no matter how dark it feels right now. :: praying ::
 

bw

Fringe Ranger
Yeah, I'm betting within 24 hours they'll announce and announce his replacement. Ya know, some guy from Central Europe, has all the answers for the world's problems....yada, yada, yada.
I think the monarch appoints the Prime Minister.
 

zookeeper9

Senior Member
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.
Dr. Mike was saying it was a 14% survival rate if you have COVID and are put on a vent.
 

jward

passin' thru
:bwl:

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U.K. faces a leadership crisis with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on oxygen in intensive care
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U.K. Faces Leadership Crisis With Boris Johnson in Intensive Care
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Tim Ross

April 6, 2020, 6:29 PM CDT

  • With the prime minister in intensive care, Raab takes over
  • Pandemic peak is expected to hit Britain in the week ahead

Police officers stand outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London, late on April 6.

Police officers stand outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London, late on April 6. Photographer: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images
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The U.K. is facing a leadership crisis as it heads into the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, with Boris Johnson fighting for his health in intensive care and his government under pressure to get a grip on the outbreak.


The 55-year-old prime minister was taken to the hospital on Sunday night for routine tests after struggling to shake off Covid-19, but his condition worsened during Monday afternoon. The pound fell after the government announced he had been moved to the facility for the most seriously ill patients.


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Dominic Raab on April 6.
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Johnson was receiving oxygen treatment at St Thomas’ Hospital in London to help his breathing, but was conscious and not on a ventilator, officials said. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now deputizing for Johnson.



“There’s an incredibly strong team spirit behind the prime minister -- and making sure that we get all of the plans the prime minister’s instructed us to deliver, to get them implemented as soon as possible,” Raab said in a pooled television interview.




The prime minister’s deteriorating health intensifies the difficulties facing the country as it prepares for cases to climb over the next 10 days. More than 5,000 people have died in the U.K. from the virus, and the nation remains in lockdown while the health service attempts to fill shortages of workers and vital medical kit, such as ventilators and protective masks.
Trump Support
It’s an extraordinary turn of events for Johnson. Just over two months ago, he was at the peak of his powers, celebrating Britain’s departure from the European Union after scoring an emphatic election victory.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a supporter of Johnson, said at a press briefing that he’d told pharmaceutical companies to get in touch with London to offer help. Trump cited “rather complex” therapeutic treatments for the virus with “really incredible results,” but didn’t specify them.
Members Of The Coronavirus Task Force Hold Press Briefing

Donald Trump on April 6.
Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg
“When you get brought into intensive care, that gets very, very serious with this particular disease,” Trump said.

With Johnson out of action, the untested Raab will now need to get a grip on the government machine and coordinate the pandemic response. Britain’s strategy for defeating coronavirus has already come under strain, with ministers accepting they had not done enough to test people for infections.
Johnson himself was criticized by medical experts and members of his own Conservative Party for failing to act quickly enough to close schools and ban public gatherings.
Cabinet Divisions
There have been divisions among Johnson’s officials during his period of isolation already, a situation that risks getting worse with Raab, who was a leadership rival to Johnson last year, now in charge.
Johnson revealed on March 27 that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was going into isolation in his Downing Street apartment. His meals and official papers were left outside his door, but he continued to chair daily crisis meetings via video link.
The premier recorded several “selfie” video messages for social media in recent days in which he insisted he was doing well and remained in charge. At times, though, he appeared short of breath and visibly unwell.
Throughout the day on Monday, Johnson’s officials said the prime minister remained in control of the government and was continuing to keep in touch with his team. He was “in good spirits” on Monday morning after a “comfortable” night, despite a cough and a fever, officials said.
Yet Johnson’s team gave few details when asked what had changed. Reporters raised questions over how seriously ill Johnson was after Raab disclosed that the pair had not spoken since Saturday.
The premier received well wishes from colleagues including his predecessors Theresa May and David Cameron, as well as his chief opponent, Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer. International leaders including Irish premier Leo Varadkar and President Emmanuel Macron of France also sent messages of support.

Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, also had symptoms of the virus and had been isolating.
— With assistance by Josh Wingrove

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UK PM Johnson moved to intensive care as COVID-19 symptoms worsen

Paul Sandle, Costas Pitas, Kylie MacLellan
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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened though his Downing Street office said he was still conscious.

Britain has no formal succession plan should the prime minister become incapacitated, but Johnson, 55, has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on Sunday night and had been undergoing tests after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, for more than 10 days.
Downing Street had said he was in good spirits and still in charge, though his condition deteriorated in the early evening and he was transferred at about 1800 GMT to an intensive care unit - where the most serious cases are treated - at St Thomas’ hospital in central London.
 
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