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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson 'still in charge' despite hospital admission

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Boris Johnson's spokesman accuses Russia of spreading 'disinformation' after Russian state media claims the prime minister is on a coronavirus ventilator

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "still very much in charge of the government" despite spending the night in hospital with coronavirus, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

The PM was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature - for a series of routine tests.

It is said to be a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor.

Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chaired Monday morning's coronavirus meeting in his place.

Last month, the prime minister's spokesman said if Mr Johnson was unwell and unable to work, Mr Raab, as the first secretary of state, would stand in.

Mr Jenrick told BBC Breakfast: "We hope that as a result of these tests [the prime minister] will be able to come back to Downing Street as soon as possible.

"He's been working extremely hard leading the government and being constantly updated. That's going to continue."

"I'm sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands [on] running the government from the front, but nonetheless he's still very much in charge of the government," he added.

Boris Johnson's spokesman accuses Russia of spreading 'disinformation' after Russian state media claims the prime minister is on a coronavirus ventilator

The UK government has accused Russia of spreading "disinformation" after the country's state media reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being treated on a ventilator for the coronavirus.

Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday after experiencing "persistent symptoms" of the coronavirus.

His spokesman confirmed on Monday that the prime minister was admitted to St Thomas Hospital in London after continuing to experience a high temperature and a cough ten days after first testing positive for the virus.

However, I have described Russian state media reports that he is on a ventilator for the condition as "disinformation."

"That is disinformation," his spokesman said.