UK PM 'doing well' after being admitted to hospital for COVID-19 tests: senior official

2020-04-07 02:44:18Xinhua Editor : Zhao Yuning ECNS App Download

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "doing well" after staying overnight in hospital as he undergoes tests due to ongoing novel coronavirus symptoms, a senior British official said Monday.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick told the BBC that Johnson, who was admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests on Sunday night, would return to Downing Street "as soon as possible".

The prime minister is being subjected to "routine tests" in hospital and is still in charge of the British government, Jenrick said.

"He spent the night in hospital and of course we all wish him well and we hope that as a result of these tests he will be able to come back to Downing Street as soon as possible," Jenrick told the BBC.

"Obviously today he's in hospital having the tests, but he will continue to be kept informed as to what's happening and to be in charge of the government," said the secretary.

The prime minister "continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus" including a temperature, a Downing Street spokesperson said Sunday night, adding that it was a "precautionary step" for Johnson to be hospitalized on the advice of his doctor, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Sunday's development came after Johnson's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, revealed she had spent the past week in bed with coronavirus symptoms.

Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 32, announced in February that they were expecting their first child together and were engaged to be married.

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