Boris Johnson in ‘good spirits’ after ‘a quiet night’ in hospital

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, spent “a quiet night” and is in “good spirits”, as a spokesman for Downing Street said Monday. Johnson, 55, “remains in the hospital under observation,” the spokesperson told reporters, denying that he had been given a respirator but not that he was receiving oxygen.

Downing Street announced on late Saturday night hospital admission from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, “To undergo routine tests,” an hour after the media issued a message from Elizabeth to the British. The newspapers combine the two stories on the covers of Monday, with the popular ones highlighting the queen’s speech.

Johnson announced ten days ago his isolation at the official residence of the head of government after testing positive for the virus. He was driven around eight o’clock London time to St. Thimas Hospital, across the Westminster Bridge over the Thames. His fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant and has not resided in the same apartment this time, has been symptomatic for seven days in bed typical of Covid-19.

Obesity, in December weighed more than one hundred kilos, is the only apparent risk factor Johnson, who has not managed to get rid of a high fever. His image in the videos he has broadcast from his residence, in a week in which his Government has received strong criticism, portray him with a congested face. Collaborators who have shared telematic meetings say that cough often.

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The transfer to the hospital was decided by his doctor. The speculation is that X-rays will be done of his lungs and tests of his vital organs. The known balance regarding the treatment of Covid-19, according to the analysis of Josep María Miró for the Fundación Lucha contra el Sida, is that a quick intervention with antivirals after the great infection is recommended, and again rapid action with anti-inflammatory drugs at the beginning of the second week. The mortality of those who are treated with respirators is 50%.

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The Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, will preside over the meetings of the government committee that coordinates the actions of the Executive. The popularity of the government has declined in the last week due to the difficulties it has in increasing the number of tests or in obtaining a reliable antibody test, after having ruled out the route of mass tests as a way of managing the epidemic.


In this context, Johnson asked the monarch to deliver a speech to the nation, the fifth in his 68 years of reign. The previous ones, all since 1990, were on the occasion of the First Gulf War, the death of the prine Diana, the death of her mother and the Jubilee of her reign. The queen issues a Christmas message every year. The brief speech was recorded at Windsor Castle, where he remains alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.

Isabel II began her words by expressing the country’s gratitude to the workers of the National Health Service. In a weekend in which the Health Minister, Matt Hancock, threatened the population with removing the authorization to go out once a day to exercise, due to the attendance of people in parks on Saturday and Sunday, the queen expressed I also thank “those who stay at home.” “I hope that in the years to come, everyone will be able to proudly remember how they responded to this challenge,” he said.

Later he praised the permanence of virtues that “characterize this country”, such as “self-discipline, calm and well-humored determination, the feeling of companionship.” And he concluded with a message of optimism, expressing his conviction that “we will succeed and that success will belong to all of us.”

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In the final passage evoked the spirit of unity of the Second World War. “We will meet again”, he said. Those words are the front page of the newspapers. It is the name of a song composed by two musicians and lyricists from Manchester in 1939 and popularized by singer Vera Lynn. It evokes the spirit of soldiers leaving for war and was the most popular song of that time.


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