NEW Forest MPs Sir Desmond Swayne and Julian Lewis have sent their best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson after it was announced he was in intensive care with coronavirus.
The PM was first admitted to St Thomas Hospital in London on Sunday evening, having been in self isolation for seven days with Covid-19, suffering a persistent cough and high temperature.
It was announced yesterday (Monday), by Number 10 that his condition had worsened, and he was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) at around 7pm.
This morning initial reports indicated the PM had spent a comfortable night in hospital. It was confirmed Boris remained in the ICU but cabinet minister Michael Gove stressed he was not on a ventilator.
Sir Desmond, New Forest West MP, is a known fan of Boris and backed him in his successful bid to become Prime Minister.
He told the A&T: “I am praying for his speedy recovery. I have every confidence that the cabinet has the breadth of experience, the support of the Civil Service, and the best scientific and clinical advice to continue in the PM’s absence.”
And his New Forest East Tory colleague Julian Lewis added: “The authority and charisma of the Prime Minister have been central to the fightback against this vicious pandemic. Let us hope he will be over the worst by the time these words are printed. The country has need of him.”
The statement from Number 10 said the PM, who is 55, had instructed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him in his duties “where necessary”.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” it added.
Leaders from around the world, including US president Donald Trump and French president Emanuel Macron have sent the British PM their best wishes.