Boris Johnson stable, not on ventilator, says Downing Street

Boris Johnson stable, not on ventilator, says Downing Street

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now stable overnight and remains in good spirits; Downing Street said at midday on Tuesday. It added that while the prime minister remained in intensive care and had received oxygen treatment for coronavirus; he was not on a ventilator.

Also, Downing Street debunked claims that Boris Johnson had pneumonia.

However, further details of his condition were not revealed. His spokesman said the prime minister had not spoken to Dominic Raab, his designated deputy, on Tuesday.

Raab, foreign secretary and first secretary of state, is standing in for Boris Johnson; an order issued by the prime minister before he entered intensive care on Monday night.

Downing Street said that under the official cabinet pecking order, if Raab became incapacitated then Rishi Sunak, chancellor; would take charge. Priti Patel, home secretary, and Michael Gove, Cabinet Office minister, are next in line.

Nevertheless, Raab would not have the power to hire or fire ministers. But he would chair the National Security Council in Johnson’s absence. Also, he would have the authority to counter a military threat.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

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Equally important, Downing Street dismissed claims that Boris Johnson had been given special treatment; by being placed in intensive care as a precaution in case he would need a ventilator.

In another sign of the crisis hitting the UK government; Cabinet Office Minister, Gove; became the latest politician to self-isolate after a family member showed symptoms. However, Gove, disclosed that he did not have symptoms and was continuing to working at home.

The UK government faces a dilemma as the coronavirus reaches what is expected to be its peak in Britain; and as hospitals continue to feel acute pressure.

Meanwhile, a number of world leaders have extended their goodwill messages to Boris Johnson.

Donald Trump was among the many foreign leaders who sent good wishes to Mr Johnson. The US president described his “very good friend” as “very special, strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up”.

Also, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, French president Emmanuel Macron, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau; as well as Indian prime minister Narendra Modi all wished  Johnson a speedy recovery.

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