Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care amid concerns about the seriousness of his condition and how the government will make key decisions about the coronavirus pandemic in his absence. The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the prime minister, has no power to make major decisions without cabinet agreement.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care at a London hospital, suffering from coronavirus.
Johnson is in a stable condition, according to junior health minister Edward Argar.
"I understand the Prime Minister is in a stable condition," Argar told the UK's Sky News on Wednesday morning. "He's comfortable and in good spirits. He has -- in the past -- had some oxygen but he's not on ventilation."
It's unclear when Argar was last briefed on the Prime Minister's condition. On Tuesday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove acknowledged that fellow ministers were taken by surprise when they found out Johnson had been taken into intensive care.
A Downing Street spokesperson said on Tuesday evening that Johnson, 55, was still "in intensive care for close monitoring" and "in good spirits."
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who Johnson has nominated to deputize for him while he is in hospital, said at Tuesday's coronavirus briefing that the Prime Minister was receiving "the very best care from the excellent medical team at St Thomas' hospital" in central London.
Raab, 46, said Johnson had been given "standard oxygen treatment" and was "breathing without any assistance."
He said the PM had "not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."