British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London after days of persistent symptoms, including a fever and a cough, according to British media quoting the prime minister’s office. Initially, officials said the prime minister’s case was not an emergency and that taking him to the hospital was a “precautionary step.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government. News of his hospitalization came only after an hour after Queen Elizabeth delivered a rallying call to the British public saying they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have no plans to seek security protection from the U.S. government, a spokesperson for the couple said Sunday. The acknowledgment came hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t provide security for Harry and Meghan. People magazine reported last week that the couple had left Canada for Los Angeles.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet Friday. He had developed “mild symptoms” in the last 24 hours and was “self-isolating,” he said. “I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.” On Thursday, Johnson’s government announced that another 115 people had died after testing positive for the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 578.
The United Kingdom went into full lockdown Monday as the British government attempted to contain the spiraling number of coronavirus cases that have emerged in the country. The lockdown, which will be reassessed in three weeks, will close all businesses deemed nonessential, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. “The time has now come for us all to do more,” Johnson said in an address to the nation Monday evening.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made an appearance in the United Kingdom together on Thursday for the first time since announcing they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted beaming from ear to ear Thursday afternoon as they stepped out of The Goring, a five-star hotel not far from Buckingham Palace.
The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has met Malala Yousafzai at the University of Oxford where the Nobel peace prize winner is a student. Yousafzai, 22, posted a photo on Instagram of herself and Thunberg sitting on a bench with their arms around each other on Tuesday, with the caption: “Thank you, @gretathunberg” and a heart emoji. Thunberg, 17, is in the UK to join a school strike in Bristol on Friday.
Career diplomat Dame Karen Pierce has been named Britain’s new ambassador to the US, becoming the first woman to hold the top overseas posting. She will take over a job vacated prematurely by Sir Kim Darroch, who resigned last summer after confidential messages offering an unflattering view of President Donald Trump were leaked. Dame Karen is already in the US, serving as the UK’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.
Boris Johnson has told Vladimir Putin there will be no normalization of the relationship between the UK and Russia, almost two years on from the Salisbury attack. The pair met in Berlin on the sidelines of an international summit about the future of Libya. According to an account of the conversation released by Downing Street, Johnson stuck closely to the robust stance taken by Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to step back from senior roles in the royal family and work towards financial self-sufficiency after a period marked by open warfare with the media over claimed intrusion and bullying. It is understood that no other royal was consulted before the decision was announced on Wednesday evening, and Buckingham Palace was disappointed by the news.