Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Mr Johnson is in St Thomas’ Hospital – opposite the House of Commons – was moved to the ICU after having trouble breathing.
Doctors said the transfer was a precaution in case the PM needed ventilation to ease his condition.
Mr Johnson, 55, was taken to hospital on Sunday after his symptoms had persisted for ten days.
Number 10 said Mr Johnson was receiving oxygen support but was not on a ventilator.
At a Downing Street briefing this morning, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said:
“He has not required any other mechanical intervention or non-invasive medical support”.
“Mr Johnson was stable and in good spirits.”
Last night a spokesman for the Prime Minister said:
“Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
“Over the course of this 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.
“The PM has asked foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who is the first secretary of state, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Well wishers from around the world have sent messages of support to Mr Johnson and his family.