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Boris Johnson 'continuing to improve' after third night in intensive care, Downing Street says

Boris Johnson 'continuing to improve' after third night in intensive care, Downing Street says

Boris Johnson spent a third night in intensive care

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Boris Johnson's condition is "continuing to improve" after his third night in intensive care being treated for coronavirus.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said Mr Johnson had a "good night" as he continues his battle against the disease at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

It comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak said at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Tuesday that the Prime Minister was "sitting up" and speaking with doctors.

The PM was moved to the intensive care unit at the London hospital on Monday evening after his condition worsened.

In a briefing with journalists, the spokesman said Mr Johnson was still recieving oxygen treatment but was breathing unaided.

"The Prime Minister had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care at St Thomas’ hospital," he said. "He’s in good spirits."

He added: "The Prime Minister and Number 10 are hugely grateful for all of the messages of support the PM has received and he thanks NHS staff for the brilliant care he has been receiving."

Mr Johnson was last seen in public last Thursday after he emerged from 11 Downing Street to take part in the weekly Clap for Carers.

It is expected that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Mr Johnson while he recovers, will take his place this evening but the spokesperson said the Prime Minister wanted to send his thanks to NHS staff ahead of the event.

They added: "What I would say on behalf of the Prime Minister is [he] thanks the NHS for the brilliant care which it is providing.

"The Clap for Carers has provided wonderful unifying moments for the entire country.

"I am sure that tonight we will once again see people in their millions paying tribute to our fantastic, dedicated care workers."

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