Boris Johnson 'Getting Better' After Third Night in Intensive Care
Cabinet official says UK prime minister is now 'sitting up in bed' as he battles COVID-19
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly "sitting up in bed" and seemingly "getting better" after spending his third night in the intensive care unit as he battles with COVID-19, a cabinet official has revealed.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed there was no deterioration in PM Johnson's condition as of 7 am on Thursday (UK time).
Dowden says the prime minister has been sat up in bed in the ICU at London's St Thomas' Hospital.
So far, Mr. Johnson has been able to avoid being put on a ventilator, which signals the most serious complications from the deadly coronavirus.
And last night, the Chancellor said Johnson had improved to the point he had been sitting up in bed, after suffering symptoms for 13 days so far.
Mr. Dowden told BBC Breakfast this morning that Johnson remains "stable."
"It remains as we said yesterday," Dowden said.
"He’s stable, improving, sat up and engaged with medical staff.
"I’ve known the prime minister for a long time and I wish him well in this difficult time and I think things are getting better for him."
Dowden also appeared BBC Radio 4's Today show and gave a similar response, saying: "He's in a stable condition, he seems to be doing reasonably well, he was sat up and engaging with medical staff."
Asked about whether the PM will be able to make a decision on the UK lockdown measures next week, Mr. Dowden said: "We have a well-established mechanism for the first minister Dominic Raab to take the Prime Minister's place in chairing such meetings, he will chair Cobra and he will chair the relevant decisions.
"This is just about going through a proper process, that's why we're waiting for next week."
Downing Street says the PM's condition has not worsened since Monday when he was first admitted to the intensive care unit.
Just before 7 pm on Wednesday, the last official update said: "The prime minister continues to make steady progress. He remains in intensive care."
"The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving," Chancellor Rishi Sunak added Wednesday night.
"I can also tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and been engaging positively with the clinical team."
The Culture Secretary said Boris Johnson is doing "reasonably well" in a further update on the prime minister's health.