British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after continuing to experience symptoms from the coronavirus after testing positive 10 days ago.
A spokesperson for Johnson said in a statement, “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.”
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus,” the statement continued. “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.”
BREAKING: British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson admitted to hospital tonight for tests due to persistent #coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive.
Worrying development – he's looked worse each time we've seen him, poor guy. Wish him well. pic.twitter.com/NiDPAHb5JU
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 5, 2020
The news of Johnson’s hospitalization comes as the U.K. has continued to deal with a growing outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in China, in their country.
A Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker reported on Sunday that the U.K. had over 48,000 cases of the coronavirus and nearly 5,000 deaths.
Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, has reportedly been recovering from symptoms of coronavirus.
“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus,” Symonds tweeted on Saturday. “I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”
I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 4, 2020
Bloomberg News reported last week that U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to President Donald Trump that communist China was lying about the extent of the outbreak that originated in their country.
“China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete,” Bloomberg News reported, according to three U.S. officials that it spoke to. “Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”
The New York Post highlighted China’s lies and cover-up of the outbreak:
The fog of war obscures much about the novel coronavirus pandemic. But two facts seem absolutely certain. First, China’s Communist authorities have lied, concealed and misled about the origins of the epidemic and the toll of the virus in China. Second, the World Health Organization has acted as Beijing’s handmaid.
Independent Chinese journalists have detailed the Wuhan coverup: They report that a Chinese lab isolated and identified the strange new virus last December — but that the authorities ordered it to stop its work, get rid of its specimens and keep quiet. It took almost another month for the government to acknowledge that a SARS-like contagion, spread by human contact, was exploding in Hubei province.
When the late Dr. Li Wenliang, the heroic whistleblower, tried to warn the public about the coronavirus, he was detained, charged with “spreading false rumors” and accused of “seriously disrupting social order.” All discussion about the virus is now censored.
An analysis from The Washington Post estimated that based on “evidence,” the real outbreak numbers out of Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak, was 16 times higher than what China reported.
Despite its drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus, China has failed to contain it and is now dealing with another outbreak in its country and recently had to quarantine a county of more than 600,000 people.
This report has been updated to include additional information.