14th Aug, 2020

PM's hospital admission shows 'virus can strike anyone' - city MP

Rob George 6th Apr, 2020

WORCESTER’S MP Robin Walker said the Prime Minister’s admission to hospital with ‘persistent’ Coronavirus symptoms serves as a reminder the COVID-19 virus can strike anyone.

Boris Johnson was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday (April 5) with symptoms including a temperature and a cough – for routine tests.

He remains in charge of the government, although Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab chaired Monday’s coronavirus meeting.

Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago and has seen no improvement in his symptoms despite self-isolating for seven days once he was diagnosed.

Downing Street confirmed on Monday (April 6) the Prime Minister was in ‘good spirits’ but remained at one of the capital’s top hospitals ‘under observation’.

In his Westminster Diary for the Observer, Mr Walker – who serves as a Northern Ireland minister in the Government – reflected on the news which came just hours after Her Majesty the Queen addressed the nation.

“The news the Prime Minister had been admitted to hospital was a reminder this virus can strike anyone and of the vital importance of the efforts being made,” he said.

“We will get through this period of extraordinary challenge and I am confident our country and our city will be at the forefront of the recovery that follows.

“For now the best advice I can give to constituents is to support the national effort by staying home whenever possible, following social distancing at all times, and helping reduce the spread of the virus.”

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