UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab updated the nation on the current state of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the ongoing pandemic at the UK coronavirus press briefing at Downing Street on Thursday.
“Can I start with an update on the Prime Minister. He is still in intensive care but he continues to make positive steps forward and he is in good spirits,” opened Raab.
When Raab was asked if he had been in contact with Mr. Johnson he answered: “Not yet, I think it’s important, particularly while he’s in intensive care to let him focus on the recovery.” Raab went on to reassure the public that “I’ve got all the authority I need to make the relevant decisions,” adding “we in the government have got this covered.”
Raab shared the podium with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance who discussed infection rates and death projections. “In general I’d expect the deaths to continue to keep going up for about two weeks after the intensive care picture improves,” stated Vallance.
Standing at a podium that donned a panel reading: “Stay home this easter” Raab informed the public that “the deaths are still rising, and we haven’t yet reached the peak of the virus. So it’s still too early to lift the measures that we put in place.”
Shortly after the press conference, at around 7:30PM local time, a Downing Street spokesman confirmed that Boris Johnson had been removed from intensive care, but remained in hospital.
Johnson had spent the previous three nights in intensive care. He is being treated for persistent symptoms of coronavirus at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital.