Timeline: UK PM Boris Johnson’s activities before his hospitalisation with coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for assessments on Sunday in what Downing Street mentioned was a “precautionary step” as a result of he was displaying persistent signs of the coronavirus 10 days after testing optimistic for it.

Below is a timeline with what we learn about his activities over these 10 days, when he was self-isolating however nonetheless main Britain’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, together with chairing every day digital emergency conferences.

March 27, Friday – Johnson mentioned he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus and that he would self-isolate in Downing Street. Health Minister Matt Hancock additionally examined optimistic, whereas England’s prime medical officer started self-isolating after growing signs.

“I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say – a temperature and a persistent cough,” Johnson mentioned in a video posted on Twitter.

“Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”

Johnson spoke by cellphone to US President Donald Trump, who wished him a speedy restoration.

Johnson chaired a authorities assembly on the coronavirus on Friday morning through teleconference. Johnson had meals delivered to the door of an condominium at 11 Downing Street whereas in self-isolation.

March 28, Saturday – It is introduced that Johnson will write to each UK family urging folks to remain at residence to assist comprise the coronavirus.

March 29, Sunday – Johnson posted a video of himself in a swimsuit and tie, thanking folks for staying at residence in addition to well being employees, grocers and pharmacists.

March 30, Monday – Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned Johnson was “full of vigour” regardless of being self-isolated. Johnson’s spokesman mentioned that Johnson was absolutely capable of run Britain’s coronavirus response regardless of the optimistic take a look at, and he continued to chair every day conferences.

Johnson tweeted an image of himself attending a gathering through video hyperlink.

March 31, Tuesday – Johnson chaired Cabinet – the primary all-digital assembly of a British PM’s prime workforce of ministers – on video platform Zoom.

April 1, Wednesday – Johnson posted a video message on Twitter, lamenting an increase within the variety of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain.

April 2, Thursday – In one other video message, Johnson vowed to ramp up testing for the coronavirus.

He additionally got here out by himself onto the doorstep in Downing Street to applaud frontline medical employees as a part of the “Clap For Carers” initiative.

April 3, Friday – A weary-looking Johnson mentioned he would stay in isolation as he continued to have delicate signs of Covid-19, the respiratory illness brought on by the novel coronavirus, together with a excessive temperature, per week after he examined optimistic for the virus.

“Although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature, so in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes,” Johnson mentioned in a video message, sporting an open-necked shirt.

April 4, Saturday – Johnson mentioned in a tweet that he spoke to newly elected opposition Labour chief Keir Starmer and invited him and different get together leaders to a briefing the next week on tips on how to work collectively throughout the nationwide emergency.

April 5, Sunday – Downing Street introduced within the night that Johnson had been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure due to the persistent nature of his signs 10 days after he first examined optimistic.

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