Why is Boris Johnson in hospital and what's the latest on his condition?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in hospital after being admitted on Sunday 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said that Mr Johnson, who is in an NHS hospital in London, was not admitted on an emergency basis and continues to be in charge of the government.

The Prime Minister first confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19 on 27 March – saying he had ‘mild symptoms’ of the virus.

So why has he now been admitted to hospital – and what’s the latest on his condition?

Why has Boris Johnson been admitted to hospital?

Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests, after suffering with what Downing Street has referred to as ‘persistent coronavirus symptoms’.

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A spokesperson said that it was a ‘precautionary’ measure, explaining: ‘On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

‘This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

‘The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.’

What’s the latest on Boris Johnson’s condition?

The Prime Minister initially said that his symptoms were ‘mild’ when he confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Although he was initially set to self-isolate for seven days, he was still showing symptoms the day before his quarantine period was set to end.

He said in a video on social media: ‘In my own case, 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.

‘And so in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.’

Public Health England has advised anyone with a high temperature lasting longer than seven days should call 111 and not immediately return to their normal routine.

However it says a cough can persist for several weeks despite the infection having cleared – and does not mean people have to self-isolate past seven days.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for coronavirus, but left quarantine at the end of last week.

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