Boris Johnson in “Stable Condition,” Receiving Oxygen After Being Transferred to ICU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly in stable condition after he was transferred to intensive care with the coronavirus, CNN reports.

Johnson is receiving “standard oxygen treatment” and does not need a ventilator, a spokesman said, adding that the prime minister is in “good spirits.”

Johnson was taken to the hospital on Sunday for what his team described as a precaution. He has continued to suffer from fever and coughing for at least 10 days.

Johnson is one of numerous top officials to be infected.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced last month that he had the virus, as did chief medical officer Chris Whitty.

Neil Ferguson, the top government adviser on the virus, also said last month that he believed he was infected.

A number of top officials are self-isolating out of caution.

Who is running the UK?

The lack of a formal succession procedure in the UK has raised questions about who is leading the country.

Johnson nominated Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to fill in for him “as necessary” but there is no protocol for what to do if Johnson is incapacitated for a long period of time.

"The Prime Minister has a team around him who ensure the work of government goes on," said Cabinet minister Michael Gove.

But senior Conservative lawmaker Tobias Ellwood said it was “important to have 100% clarity as to where responsibility for UK national security decisions now lies. We must anticipate adversaries attempting to exploit any perceived weakness."

UK rejects Trump’s help:

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would help Johnson.

"I've asked two of the leading companies, these are brilliant companies — Ebola, AIDS, others, they've come with the solutions and just have done incredible jobs," Trump said. "And I've asked them to contact London immediately."

"They've really advanced therapeutics and therapeutically and they have arrived in London already. Their London office has whatever they need, and we'll see if we can be of help,” he added.

But Johnson’s spokesperson said he was not interested.

"We're confident the prime minister is receiving the best possible care from the National Health Service," the spokesman said. "Any treatment he receives is a matter for his doctors."


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