British Prime Minister Johnson Admitted to Hospital With Persistent Coronavirus Symptoms

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his daily COVID 19 coronavirus press briefing, London, March 22, 2020.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his daily COVID 19 coronavirus press briefing, London, March 22, 2020.Credit: Ian Vogler,AP
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus, although his office said it was not an emergency admission.

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"On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," Downing Street said.

"This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus," Downing Street said.

Johnson on March 27 became the first leader of a major power to announce that he had tested positive. He went into isolation at a flat in Downing Street and said on Friday he was staying there as he still had a high temperature.

"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," Downing Street said.

Carrie Symonds, Johnson's 32-year-old pregnant fiancee, said on Saturday that she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of the novel coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger and was on the mend.

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