UK PM Boris Johnson goes into intensive care as Trump prays for his recovery

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his Covid-19 symptoms “worsened” overnight.

A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson was receiving “excellent care”. While he is receiving oxygen the PM has not been put on a respirator.

“The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” No 10 said in a statement.

“Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

US President Donald Trump, who described Johnson as “a very good friend of mine”, said Americans “are all praying for his recovery”.

The news comes as the coronavirus sweeps through the UK despite strict lockdown measures. The country has recorded over 51,000 cases and more than 5300 deaths to date.