UK PM making 'steady progress' in ICU
April 09, 2020  13:40
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a third night in the intensive care unit of a London hospital with coronavirus and is making steady progress, Downing Street has said. The 55-year-old was shifted to the ICU of St. Thomas' Hospital in London on Monday night as his condition worsened over 10 days after he had tested positive for coronavirus and went into self-isolation. 

He has since received "standard oxygen treatment" but has not been diagnosed with pneumonia or required a ventilator to aid his breathing. 

"The prime minister continues to make steady progress. He remains in intensive care,' a Downing Street spokesperson said in the latest health update on Wednesday night. "He's stable, improving, sat up and engaged with medical staff. I've known the Prime Minister for a long time and I wish him well in this difficult time and I think things are getting better for him," added UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden on Thursday morning. 

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the UK prime minister while he continues treatment for Covid-19, will chair a virtual Cobra emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss a review of the UK's coronavirus lockdown to consider whether the strict social distancing measures should be extended beyond the 21-day period initially announced by Johnson on March 23. -- PTI
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