US President Donald Trump has wished Boris Johnson a speedy recovery in his “personal fight” with coronavirus and said “all Americans are praying for him”.
The PM was rushed to hospital last night after failing to shake off his Covid-19 symptoms, ten days after testing positive.
Boris was taken to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus
And the US President used his televised press briefing on the outbreak yesterday to hail his “friend” and send the whole of America’s thoughts and prayers.
Trump told reporters gathered in the White House: “I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus.
“All Americans are praying for him, he’s a friend of mine, he’s a great gentleman and a great leader.
“He was brought to the hospital today but I’m hopeful and sure he will be fine. He’s a strong man, strong person.”
Downing Street said the Prime Minister had been admitted for tests as a “precautionary step”. He continues to have “persistent symptoms”, thought to be a high temperature.
Boris, 55, who was not taken in an ambulance, is understood to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed central London NHS hospital.
Aides confirmed he was spending the night there and would remain “as long as necessary”.
The move comes after those closest to him became increasingly worried about his health as Mr Johnson continued to show symptoms seven days after testing positive.
Government aides said Boris had been “coughing and spluttering” on video conference calls over the past few days.
Most people manage to shake off their symptoms after a week, with doctors saying patients are at risk of developing pneumonia if a temperature persists.
Last night a Downing Street spokesman said: “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.