Boris Johnson is ‘responding to treatment’ in ICU and ‘remains stable’- but Tory MPs question if PM was given adequate medical care before he was admitted as it emerges he was only sent to hospital via video consultation with doctor
- Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care with coronavirus
- The PM’s temperature is said to have dipped in a positive sign for his condition
- Questions over whether he should have received closer attention in quarantine
- Tory MPs says the weaknesses in support for the premier have been ‘exposed’
Boris Johnson is ‘stable and responding to treatment’ after his second night in intensive care, it was revealed today.
Downing Street delivered slightly more positive news about the PM’s condition amid claims his fever has finally dropped.
Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said he continues to receive ‘standard oxygen treatment’ and is ‘breathing without any other assistance’ – making clear he is not on a ventilator.
‘The Prime Minister remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment,’ the spokesman said.
‘He continues to be cared for in the intensive care unit at St Thomas’s Hospital. He’s in good spirits.
No10 confirmed that the PM has not been doing any work, although they said he has been in contact with aides.
There are fears that even the best outcome from his coronavirus struggle will see him out of action for weeks, with experts warning he could need a ‘phased return’ to work.
There are also questions about the PM’s care while he was in isolation, amid suggestions he was not physically monitored and only consulted a doctor by video link. There are claims that social distancing rules were being flouted in Downing Street as the crisis developed, with meetings in cramped rooms and people coughing freely.
Tory MPs are calling for a review of the premier’s medical arrangements, saying the lack of protection has been ‘exposed’ by the latest crisis.
The UK leader has starkly different health support than in the US, where the president has a dedicated medical team and emergency facilities constantly on standby.