The British prime minister is now said to be stable in the ICU after receiving oxygen support to help him fight coronavirus
The British prime minister is now said to be stable in the ICU after receiving oxygen support to help him fight coronavirus. FILE PHOTOS
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his best wishes and prayers for the earliest recovery and good health of his British colleague Boris Johnson, who has been taken to the intensive care unit after his COVID-19 symptoms have worsened.
In a letter written to Prime Minister Johnson on Tuesday, Imran Khan also underlined the importance of Pakistan and Britain working together to overcome the severe challenges posed by coronaviruses and build a safer world, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Boris Johnson is now said to be stable in intensive care after receiving oxygen support to help him fight the deadly virus, while his foreign minister led the government’s response to the acceleration of the outbreak.
Johnson’s personal turmoil with coronavirus has rocked the government just as Britain entered what scientists said would be the deadliest phase of a pandemic, which has killed 5,373 people in Britain and 70,000 worldwide.
Johnson, 55, was treated at St Thomas’s Hospital across the Thames River from the House of Commons on Sunday night after suffering from persistent coronavirus symptoms, including high temperatures and coughs, for more than 10 days.
But his condition quickly deteriorated within the next 24 hours, and he was transferred Monday to the intensive care unit, where the most serious cases were treated, if he needed to use a ventilator. He is still conscious, his office said.
“He received standard oxygen treatment and breathe without other assistance,” a spokesman for Johnson, who traditionally spoke anonymously, told reporters.
Britain is in a virtual locked state, a situation that will be reviewed early next week, and some ministers suggest it might need to be extended because some people violate strict rules.
(With additional input from Reuters)
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