Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘improving’ and now ‘sitting up in bed’ in hospital
Boris Johnson, 55, remains in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London but Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Prime Minister is sitting up in bed and speaking to medics
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ‘improving’ and is ‘sitting up in in bed’ in hospital, where he is being treated for coronavirus.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak provided the update on the PM’s condition as he hosted this evening’s Downing Street coronavirus press conference.
He began the briefing with an update on the on the leader’s health, saying Mr Johnson is “improving” and receiving “excellent care from the NHS” at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
He also addressed questions over how long the UK’s lockdown would last, after Wales announced earlier today its restrictions would not lift at the three-week milestone.
The chancellor said the weekly COBRA meeting tomorrow involving England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will include a discussion of a review of the lockdown.
The administrations will base any future decisions on new data that will become available next week, he added.
On the prospect of different parts of the country emerging from the lockdown at different times, Mr Sunak said: “I don’t want to start speculating about the future.”
The chancellor asked Brits not to speculate, and focus instead on following the lockdown rules still in place.
“Our priority right now is to stop the spread of this virus and get to the other side of this peak, and the best way to do that is for people to follow the advice, which is stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”