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Boris Johnson gets admitted in hospital, while Europe seems to see "the end of the tunnel"
Posted on 06/04/2020

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted yesterday in hospital, 10 days after being tested positive for Coronavirus on 27 March.

What's wrong with the Prime Minister?

What's wrong with the Prime Minister?
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There are reasons to be worried that he is now getting hospitalised, as the Prime Minister originally said he had "mild symptoms" of the virus, ten days ago. His spokesperson has now said he had in fact "persistent coronavirus symptoms", and was admitted for tests and "precautionary measure" - his high temperature in particular not going away, even after the usual quarantine period. Looking at all of this, it wouldn't be excessive to assume that the Prime Minister's health has in the end been much worse than Downing Street might be ready to admit...

"The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all 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.", added the spokesperson.

Even while he was admitted to hospital, the Prime Minister will "stay in charge of government", but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will now take care of the day-to-day operations.

Sir Craig Oliver, who was David Cameron's director of communications, commented: "The system is designed so that others can step up into the breach when necessary. What he needs to do obviously is get better. The difficulty in these situations if you're a leader is you probably want to push and push yourself and get yourself into a position perhaps where you're exhausted. But the important thing is for him to be rested properly and get back. And in that time be able to hand over some of the responsibilities to others."

If Boris Johnson was to stay longer in hospital and not able to do his job, Dominic Raab would be the one to take on more of the PM's responsibilities, as he was lined up as the "designated survivor".

But there are some positives and it is not only bad news everywhere in Europe. Indeed, for the first time daily rates of deaths and new cases have dropped in France, Italy, and Spain, and Europe is finally seeing some hope. "We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. So let's hope that the UK gets there soon as well...