British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a “precautionary step” because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” Johnson’s office added, referring to the U.K.’s National Healthcare System.
In December British voters handed Prime Minister Boris Johnson the greatest political mandate of any Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher. Recently CDMedia broke news that in reaction to the Chinaviurs (COVID-19) disruption Boris Johnson plans to cancel the UK’s contract for 5G wireless service from the Chinese conglomerate Huawei. There is a high probability that Johnson’s hospitalization might slow the Huawei pullout.
Johnson is one of the only heads of state to test positive for the virus, but he will probably not be the last. The PM’s hospitalisation came just two hours after Queen Elizabeth delivered a wartime call to national pride saying the British public would overcome the Chinavirus contagion if they stayed resolute.
Johnson’s 32-year-old pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds, spent the past week in bed with Chinavirus symptoms including an elevated temperature but with rest she feels stronger and is on the mend.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.K. has confirmed more than 48,000 cases of the virus and nearly 5,000 deaths.