Photo : Getty Images [19659004BritishPrimeMinisterBorisJohnsonwastransferredtotheintensivecareunitofaLondonhospitalMondaynightafterhissymptomsworsenedfromCovid-19accordingtoseveralreportsfromtheUKJohnsonhasreceivedoxygentreatmentbutBritishgovernmentofficialsinsistthathe not be connected to a ventilator.
"He is not on a ventilator, no," said British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove on to the British radio station LBC. Tuesday morning . "The Prime Minister has received oxygen support and will of course be closely monitored."
Johnson announced for the first time that on March 27 he had tested positive for covid-19 in a video message on Twitter, but insisted that he stayed at home and continued to govern the country through video conferencing could. The 55-year-old Prime Minister was admitted to St. Thomas's Hospital in London on Sunday and has only worsened in the past two days. According to Gove Johnson was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday evening at around 7:00 p.m. local time.
LBC radio host Nick Ferrari asked Gove how quickly the state of the prime minister had deteriorated and found that on Monday at 5:00 p.m. local time the assurance had been given that Johnson had done so Would continue to lead the country with the help of his staff. Gove only said that the government made the previous announcement because it "reflected the information that we all had at the time."
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The British National Health Service (NHS) has only about 5,900 ventilators for a population of around 66 million people, according to the Guardian which could prove disastrous if the hospital system becomes overcrowded with too many patients . Johnson had previously joked about the UK's desperate search for ventilators and told a group of CEOs that efforts to produce more might be called " Operation Last Gasp ".
Johnson's last public picture was posted on April 3 during a Twitter video where the Prime Minister did not look good .
The British Secretary of State Dominic Raab is essentially the country to rule in Johnson's place, although under British law there are no clear succession rules for who will Prime Minister should replace if he is unable to act. In the United States, there are clear rules about who will become the country's leader when the president is unable to continue his role. Vice President Mike Pence would become president if Donald Trump died of Covid-19, for example.
"Behind the Prime Minister is an incredibly strong team spirit that ensures that we receive all the plans that the Prime Minister has instructed us to deliver to implement as quickly as possible," Raab said during a press conference according to Telegraph .
The United Kingdom has currently identified 52,279 cases of Covid-19 and 5,835 deaths from Tuesday morning . These numbers are probably much lower than the actual numbers as the country lags behind many other countries in testing for the disease . The United States, which is also lagging behind in terms of population, identified 368,449 cases and 10,993 deaths on Tuesday morning according to Johns Hopkins' coronavirus tracker  . Until recently, the British government was planning for the new corona virus to protect people over 65 in their homes but otherwise spread the virus uninhibited in the country. Johnson's government recently abandoned this plan after it was announced that hundreds of thousands of people could die. Britain has since launched social distancing measures and blocked all of England.
One of the biggest misunderstandings about the Covid-19 threat is that it only destroys the health of older and weak people. While people over 60 die most often from Covid-19, so-called “mild cases” can still be very sick for weeks. In essence, anything that did not lead to death was originally described as “mild,” which gave a false impression of the severity of the disease. Young people around the world also die from Covid-19, with a one-day girl in Louisiana being the youngest child to die after the mother has tested positive for the disease.
Johnson did not brag about the virus until March 3, saying that he had recently shaken hands with Covid-19 patients .
“ I constantly shake my hand. I was recently in a hospital where there were actually some c oronavirus patients and I shook hands with everyone, please know, ”said Johnson. ]
" People can obviously make their own decisions […] but I think the scientific evidence is […] . Our verdict is" Washing … washing hands is the most important thing ". Johnson said.
At least four doctors died in the UK from covid-19 and the country doesn't even count how many nurses have died so far.