Boris Johnson 'responding to treatment' after second night in intensive care, Downing Street says
Boris Johnson is "responding to treatment", Downing Street says
Boris Johnson is "responding to treatment" after spending a second night in intensive care being treated for coronavirus.
The Prime Minister's official spokesperson said Mr Johnson was "clinically stable" and in "good spirits".
Mr Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital in London on Monday evening after his condition worsened.
But in a sign that Mr Johnson's health could be improving, the spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister remains clinically stable and is responding to treatment.
"He continues to be cared for in the intensive care unit...he is in good spirits."
The spokesman also confirmed for the first time that the Prime Minister is no longer working, meaning Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now effectively running the country.
"He has the ability to contact those he needs to," the spokesman said. "He is following the advice of his doctors at all times."
Meanwhile, No10 said they were "hugely grateful" for the outpouring of support which had come from the Queen and other world leaders as they wished Mr Johnson a speedy recovery.
"We are hugely grateful for the messages of support that the Prime Minister has received," they said.
"The public response to coronavirus throughout has been fantastic.
"The Prime Minister is getting fantastic care from his NHS team."