British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized Sunday, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus. Johnson was admitted “for tests” after displaying “persistent symptoms,” according to a press release from his office. Johnson was admitted to an unnamed London hospital “on the advice of his doctor,” the release explained. The statement also said the hospitalization is a “precautionary step.”
Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on March 26 and has dealt with lingering symptoms, including a high fever, since then. Johnson is the first known world leader to contract the disease. Since then, the 55-year-old prime minister had been quarantined at his residence at 10 Downing Street. Johnson’s fiance, Carrie Symonds, said Saturday on Twitter that she “spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus.” Symonds said that she was not tested for coronavirus, and that “after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”
Johnson remains the head of the British government for the time being. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who would take over for Johnson should he become unable to lead, will handle Monday’s coronavirus meeting, according to The Associated Press.
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