British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battling the coronavirus in intensive care Tuesday, raising deep concerns about his health as the country recorded its highest daily death toll.
“The Prime Minister’s condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring. He is in good spirits,” his official spokesman said in an update sent around 1800GMT, almost 24 hours since he was admitted to intensive care.
He earlier said the 55-year-old Conservative leader was receiving “standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance” and had not required a ventilator.
Johnson is the most high-profile government leader to become infected with COVID-19 and messages of support flooded in from across Britain and the world.
He was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening and asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him “where necessary”, effectively putting him in charge.
His transfer to intensive care is unprecedented for a prime minister during a national emergency.