Prime Minister Johnson was admitted to the hospital for testing on April 5 after showing persistent symptoms of the virus 10 days after he was tested positive and was in isolation since at Downing Street. His office has announced that this is a “precautionary step” and not an emergency situation. Mr Johnson is still leading the government and is doing better according to the housing minister Robert Jenrick. Since in self-isolation, Mr Johnson has continued to chair daily meetings on the UK’s response to the pandemic and has released several video messages on the issue. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is designated to take over if the Prime Minister is unable to perform his duties. On March 27, Mr Johnson became the first major world leader to have tested for the deadly coronavirus which has claimed more than 70,000 lives worldwide. Carrie Symonds, Mr Johnson’s pregnant fiance has also been in isolation and recovering after showing mild symptoms.
Mr Johnson’s hospitalisation news came as Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation offering a message of hope during this time of global health crisis. In what was queen’s extremely rare address, she thanked the key workers who’re fighting the pandemic. The monarch’s eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles tested positive for the virus after displaying mild symptoms. He has now recovered and has come out of isolation. As of April 6, the number of positive cases in Britain is 47,806 with 4,934 deaths.