The Prime Minister is in intensive care

“Boris Johnson was last night moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. The Prime Minister was admitted to the unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London at 7pm when his condition deteriorated. He was later given oxygen after suffering breathing difficulty, No 10 confirmed. Mr Johnson remained conscious last night, government sources said. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, will deputise for the Prime Minister, No 10 said. A Downing Street spokesman said: ” “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.” – Daily Telegraph


  • Today Programme interview with Gove: Johnson is not on a ventilator and has received oxygen. Gove is “not aware” whether or not the Prime Minister has pneumonia – Guido Fawkes
  • No change in Johnson’s condition today – Daily Mail
  • Johnson’s treatment in ICU – Daily Express
  • How an ICU works – The Independent
  • The Prime Minister’s coronavirus battle – Daily Telegraph
  • Shell-shocked Raab says PM in safe hands – Daily Mail
  • Why the decision to move Johnson to intensive care would not have been taken lightly – Daily Telegraph
  • Whitty returns to work after a week in self-isolation – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour MP Lloyd in hospital – BBC News
  • Death toll hits 5,413 – The Sun
Expert opinion:
  • Why was Boris Johnson taken to intensive care? Alison Pittard – The Times
  • What happens to coronavirus patients in ICU? Tom Soloman – Daily Telegraph
  • PM’s move to ICU shows he has severe Covid-19, Derek Hill – The Guardian

The Prime Minister had four litres of oxygen yesterday – “suggesting he was in better health than such patients generally”

“The prime minister was put into the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, south London, at 7pm after experiencing breathing difficulties. Downing Street said that he was conscious and that the move was a precautionary measure. Pneumonia had not been diagnosed. Mr Johnson, 55, had not been intubated — where a tube is inserted into the windpipe before ventilation — but needed four litres of oxygen in intensive care, sources at the hospital said. The normal threshold for intensive care is 15 litres, suggesting that he was in better health than such patients generally. Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, chaired an emergency meeting with the cabinet by video conference to update ministers on Mr Johnson’s condition shortly before the public announcement. One said that it was a “truly shocking” moment.” – The Times

How Downing St’s business-as-usual briefing changed during the day

“Throughout Monday, Downing Street insisted it was business as usual as Boris Johnson remained under observation in St Thomas’ Hospital on the south bank of the Thames facing the Houses of Parliament. The UK prime minister had “persistent” coronavirus symptoms, but Number 10 said he remained in good spirits. The government’s stance changed soon after 8pm. Downing Street announced that Mr Johnson’s condition had worsened during the day and he had been moved to an intensive care unit an hour earlier. Although Mr Johnson remained conscious on Monday evening, he was moved in preparation for possible ventilation in the future.” – FT

  • The strange lead-up to Boris Johnson’s admission to hospital – The Guardian

Raab takes charge

“Dominic Raab has been charged with leading the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis after Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care. Just hours after stating that the Prime Minister remained in charge of the Government, the Foreign Secretary was asked to take over “where necessary” in Mr Johnson’s absence. Speaking after the announcement on Monday, Mr Raab reassured the public that ministers and officials were continuing to carry out instructions issued by the Prime Minister. “The Government’s business will continue and the Prime Minister is in safe hands with that brilliant team at St Thomas’s hospital, and the focus of the Government will continue to be on making sure that the Prime Minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge will be taken forward,” he said.” – Daily Telegraph

  • And Raab steps up – The Times
  • Foreign secretary set to lead UK through virus hurdles – The Guardian
  • And foreign secretary has long had ambitions for power – The Times

World leaders send messages of support

US president Donald Trump said: “I also want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine, and a friend to our nation, prime minister Boris Johnson.” Across the border in Canada, Justin Trudeau said: “Sending my best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a full and speedy recovery.” “French president Emmanuel Macron was the first major leader to send his wishes, tweeting: “All my support to Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time. I wish him well.” Former prime ministers Theresa May and David Cameron also sent messages, with Cameron saying: “Thinking of @BorisJohnson and his family tonight. Get well soon. You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in @10DowningStreet.”– Daily Telegraph

Tighter lockdown will delay peak until autumn, ministers warned

“Government advisers have warned ministers that a tighter lockdown will lead to a second outbreak of coronavirus later this year. Putting in place “very stringent” measures which have been seen in countries such as Hong Kong and China could just delay the peak until after the restrictions were lifted, potentially into the autumn, official modelling found. It comes amid repeated warnings from ministers that the Government will tighten social distancing measures including a ban on exercising outdoors if it is shown that people are not complying with the rules. Senior police officers have warned that any further restrictions would be difficult to enforce.” – Daily Telegraph

  • New lockdown exit strategy as scientific adviser admits mass testing will not be ready in time – Daily Telegraph
  • School closures ‘have little impact on spread of coronavirus’ – The Guardian
  • Government seeks refund for millions of antibody tests – Daily Telegraph
  • Effect on poor will determine when lockdown is lifted – The Times
  • Ferguson: We don’t have clear exit strategy’ – FT
  • Sturgeon defends handling of medical officer scandal – FT
  • And she admits she asked chief medical officer to resign – The Guardian

Fleet Street picks up ConHome’s call yesterday for Raab to step in formally

“ConservativeHome, an influential grassroots website in the party, also called on the prime minister to rest ahead of critical decisions in the coming week on when and how to relax the nationwide lockdown. “Whenever he returns home, he will need complete rest. In the meanwhile and as we write, important decisions need to be taken . . . Dominic Raab should formally deputise for Johnson until he is back to his normal swashbuckling self — which can’t come soon enough,” the site’s editor Paul Goodman wrote on Monday.” – FT


Miliband returns to Labour frontbench

“Ed Miliband has returned to the Labour frontbench five years after leading the party to defeat, as Sir Keir Starmer’s new team signalled a shift away from the party’s ‘soak the rich’ strategy. The former Labour leader, who led the party for five years from 2010, said he was “looking forward” to serving as shadow business, energy and industrial secretary as he said the party must “work with the Government” to help those businesses and workers who had been worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who spent much of her leadership campaign denying that she was a ‘continuity Corbyn’ candidate, was made shadow education secretary and Lord Falconer, a stalwart of the Tony Blair years, was appointed shadow attorney general.” – Daily Telegraph


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