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Coronavirus: Surrey MP to deputise for Prime Minister as Boris Johnson in intensive care

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Coronavirus: Surrey MP to deputise for Prime Minister as Boris Johnson in intensive care

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 8:44pm 6th April 2020. (Updated at 9:23pm 6th April 2020)

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab is to deputise for the Prime Minister "where necessary" after Boris Johnson's condition has worsened this afternoon (6 April).

Downing Street has confirmed that the Prime Minister, who had been in hospital with symptoms of coronavirus since Sunday (5 April), was moved to the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London at around 7pm.

In his role as Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Mr Raab has been asked to deputise for him where necessary.

Boris Johnson is said to remain conscious at this time and asked Mr Raab to take over before he was moved to intensive care.

The decision to put him in intensive care is described as being a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.

A No. 10 spokesman said:

“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has tweeted his support for the prime minister, saying the "whole country" is behind him.