Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care last night after his condition worsened amid concerns that he may need a ventilator to aid his fight against coronavirus.
The prime minister was put into the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, south London, at 7pm after experiencing breathing difficulties.
Downing Street said that he was conscious and that the move was a precautionary measure. Pneumonia had not been diagnosed.
Mr Johnson, 55, had not been intubated — where a tube is inserted into the windpipe before ventilation — but needed four litres of oxygen in intensive care, sources at the hospital said. The normal threshold for intensive care is 15 litres, suggesting that he was in better health than such patients generally.