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.
Late on Sunday night (April 5), Downing Street confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been taken to St Thomas’ Hospital as a precaution for “routine tests” after spending 10 days in isolation.
And it’s thought the PM could be in hospital for a number of days.
Speaking on Monday morning Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast Boris Johnson is “still very much in charge of the Government” despite spending a night in hospital with the coronavirus.
Mr Jenrick said: “He spent the night in hospital and of course we all wish him well and we hope that as a result of these tests he 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. Obviously today he’s in hospital having the tests but he will continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the Government.
“I hope, I think we all do, that he has a speedy recovery and that he gets back to Number 10 and takes charge in the way he would want to as soon as possible.
“I’m sure this is very frustrating for him, for somebody like Boris who wants to be hands running the Government from the front, but nonetheless he’s still very much in charge of the Government.”
Mr Jenrick did not rule out the Prime Minister spending more nights in hospital but said he expects him to return to Number 10 “shortly”.
London has now witnessed 1,353 deaths in the months since coronavirus took hold of the capital. Across the country 4,934 people have lost their lives after testing positive for the virus. The news came at the weekend that five bus drivers in London have died of Covid-19.
The number of confirmed cases in London has reached 11,978.