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Queen 'kept informed' of Boris Johnson's condition as PM taken to intensive care

Mirror logo Mirror 06/04/2020 Neil Murphy
Elizabeth II in a green shirt: The Queen is being updated about Boris Johnson's condition © Provided by Mirror The Queen is being updated about Boris Johnson's condition

The Queen is 'being kept informed' of Boris Johnson's condition after the PM was admitted to intensive care this evening.

A palace spokesman confirmed tonight that the Queen was being kept constantly updated on her Prime Minister’s condition.

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Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty has been kept informed by No10.”

The Prime Minister tested positive for Covid-19 ten days ago but was admitted to hospital after his condition worsened.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise for the 55-year-old - whose pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds is also showing coronavirus symptoms. 

Keir Starmer was one of the many well-wishers across the political spectrum who sent messages of support to the PM.

The new Labour leader tweeted: "Terribly sad news. All the country's thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time."

French President Emmanuel Macron also sent his support to "Boris Johnson, his family and the British people", adding that he hoped the PM "would overcome this ordeal quickly."

Former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "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."

The Prime Minister is understood to be conscious and was moved to the specialist unit at St Thomas' hospital in Westminster at about 7pm tonight.

Microbiologist Dr Simon Clarke told Sky News: "It is serious, there is no doubt about it. "The NHS doesn't give up intensive care beds just for people to be looked over, even for Prime Ministers. He wouldn't be in intensive care if he didn't need to be at this time."

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