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Apr 5, 2020

Boris Johnson Has Been Admitted To Hospital For Tests After Having The Coronavirus For 10 Days

The prime minister has gone to hospital as a precautionary measure and it was not an emergency admission, Downing Street said.

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Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests after suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, for 10 days.

The decision was taken for precautionary reasons on the advice of his doctor and it was not an emergency admission, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Sunday night.

Johnson has had a high temperature since Thursday March 26. He tested positive for COVID-19 the following day, and continues to have persistent symptoms.

A Downing Street spokesperson 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 COVID-19 ten days after testing positive for the virus.

“The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of 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.”

Johnson remains in charge of the government, and is in contact with ministers and officials, Downing Street said.

He went into hospital at around 8pm on Sunday and is expected to stay in overnight. Monday morning's meeting of senior advisers and officials will instead be chaired by the foreign secretary Dominic Raab.

Alex Wickham is a senior reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alex Wickham at alex.wickham@buzzfeed.com.

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