© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron before a meeting on Brexit at the Elysee Palace in Paris
By Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting worsening coronavirus symptoms in an intensive care unit on Tuesday, leaving his foreign minister to lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak.
Johnson’s personal battle with the virus has shaken the British government just as the United Kingdom enters what scientists say is likely to be one of the most deadly weeks of the outbreak, which has already killed 70,000 people worldwide.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital across the River Thames from the Houses of Commons late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature and a cough, for more than 10 days.