The Prime Minister has been suffering with coronavirus for 11 days and was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital in London on Sunday night. This evening Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson has been moved to an intensive care unit. The markets have responded to the announcement with the value of the pound plummeting against the US dollar.
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At 6.50pm the Pound was valued at $1.23093 however it has since dropped to $1.122416.
The value of sterling has also plummeted against the euro following the news.
The Pound was trading at a high of €1.14053 this afternoon against Europe’s single currency but has since dropped to €1.13369.
Pound falls to US dollar following Boris Johnson’s admission to intensive care (Image: XE.COM)
Boris Johnson has been admitted to intensive care at St Thomas’ hospital (Image: PA)
Mr Johnson is understood to be conscious and was moved to intensive care at around 7pm as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.
Number 10 confirmed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will “deputise where necessary”.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
Boris Johnson is being treated at St Thomas’ hospital in London (Image: PA)
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Downing Street has confirmed Dominic Raab will ‘deputise where necessary’ (Image: PA)
This afternoon prior to being moved to intensive care, Mr Johnson gave a health update on his personal Twitter account and confirmed he still had coronavirus symptoms but remained in “good spirits”.
He said: “Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
“I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.
“I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time.
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“You are the best of Britain. Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Mr Raab had earlier stepped in for the Prime Minister of the daily coronavirus briefing and has this evening confirmed he has been asked to deputise “where necessary”.
He added: “The Government’s business will continue.
“The Prime Minister is in safe hands and the focus of the government will continue to be on making sure that the Prime Minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward.”
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A number of leading political figures have wished the Prime Minister all the best with his battle with COVID-19.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “My thoughts tonight are with BorisJohnson and carriesymonds. I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “My thoughts are with Boris Johnson and his family tonight. Thanks to the #NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Theresa May wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital. This horrific virus does not discriminate.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said: “All my support to Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time. I wish him well.”
Nigel Farage said: “I hope and pray for Boris Johnson to come through this ordeal quickly.”