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British PM Boris Johnson hospitalised as COVID-19 symptoms persist

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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been admitted to a London hospital, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Downing Street said in a statement the prime minister was taken to the hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a temperature.

The move is said to be a “precautionary step” taken on the advice of Mr. Johnson’s doctor.

He remains in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning, the BBC reports.

The prime minister is expected to stay overnight and is having what had been described as “routine tests.”

“On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

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“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 of 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,” Downing Street said in the statement.

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