Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still in hospital but had a “comfortable” night after being admitted on Sunday with persistent coronavirus symptoms, Downing Street has said.
Johnson’s official spokesman said he continued to lead the UK Government.
The Prime Minister was said to be in “good spirits” after being taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in London as a “precaution”.
He remains under observation and the spokesman declined to give details of any treatment he had received or when he might be discharged.
“The Prime Minister was admitted to hospital for tests last night as a precaution. The issue is that his symptoms remain persistent,” the spokesman said.
“The Prime Minister had a comfortable night at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and is in good spirits. He remains in hospital under observation.”
In Johnson’s absence, the daily government coronavirus meeting was chaired by Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary.
However, the PM’s spokesman said that he had received his ministerial red box containing his official papers and was continuing to work from hospital.
“He continues to receive a box. The Prime Minister remains in charge of the government.”
Johnson was tested positive for coronavirus on March 27 and had been self-isolating in the Downing Street flat.
The decision to admit him to hospital was taken on the advice of his doctor as the symptoms of a cough and a high temperature continued to persist more than a week after his original diagnosis.
An ambulance was not called and the spokesman said he was taken the short distance from No 10 by “private transportation” but declined to give any further details.
The spokesman stressed, however, that it was “not an emergency admission”.
“His care will be dictated by the doctors who are looking after him,” the spokesman said.