By Francesca O’Mahony
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care this evening, after his coronavirus symptoms “worsen”, says Downing Street.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been instructed to “deputise” where possible.
Johnson has been in hospital since Sunday, when he was admitted showing “persistent symptoms” of coronavirus.
A statement from No 10 reads “Over the course of [Monday] 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 statement continues on to say that Johnson is still conscious, and he has been moved to intensive care in case he needs ventilation. Downing Street have made it clear that he is receiving excellent care.
Raab has described an “incredibly strong spirit” behind the Prime Minister, asserting that he and his colleagues were implementing plans instructed by Johnson “as soon as possible.” The foreign secretary added that he had not seen the Prime Minister since Saturday.
More to follow.