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Boris Johnson asks Foreign Secretary to deputize him after he has been moved to intensive care

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/04/07 08:24
Update date: 2020/04/07 09:51

Turkey - SMART

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary" after he has been moved to the intensive care unit in a hospital in London due to his infection with coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2.

On Monday night, BBC News quoted a spokesman as saying that Johnson was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care."

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to hospital in London with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening.

The Queen has been kept informed about Johnson's health by No 10, according to Buckingham Palace.

BBC added that the prime minister was given oxygen late on Monday afternoon, before being taken to intensive care. However, he has not been put on a ventilator.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected about 1,360,000 people until April 7, 2020 in more than 206 countries, 75,000 of them died, according to the (Worldmeteres).

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spread from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people. 

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any additional treatment.