Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures on the steps of Downing street in central London. File photo
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spends a second night in intensive care as he continues to receive treatment for coronavirus.
The PM is being kept at St Thomas' Hospital in London "for close monitoring", Downing Street said, the BBC reported.
Johnson's condition is "stable" and he remains in "good spirits", his spokesman added on Tuesday evening.
Speaking at Tuesday's Downing Street coronavirus briefing, he said Johnson was receiving standard oxygen treatment and was breathing without any assistance, such as mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.
It is understood there will not be a further update on Mr Johnson's condition until later on Wednesday.
Downing Street also confirmed that the planned review into whether the UK's coronavirus lockdown measures could be eased would not go ahead this Monday.Boris Johnson washes his hands as he visits a Laboratory in Bedford technology Park, England. File/ AP
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the PM, has said he was "confident" the PM would recover from this illness, describing him as a "fighter".
Prime Minister was originally admitted to St Thomas' on Sunday, on the advice of his doctor, after continuing to display symptoms of cough and high temperature 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
Below is early reaction to the news:
The palace said Queen Elizabeth had been kept informed by Downing Street.
"All my support for Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time. I wish him to overcome this ordeal quickly."
"My thoughts and prayers are with Boris Johnson and his family. Godspeed Mr Prime Minister!"
"Sending my best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a full and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family right now. Hope to see you back at Number 10 soon."
"Terribly sad news. All the country's thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time."
"My thoughts tonight are with Boris Johnson and (his fiancée) Carrie Symonds. I know he'll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger."
"Thinking of Boris Johnson and his family tonight. Get well soon. You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in 10 Downing Street."
"My thoughts and prayers are with Boris Johnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital."
Johnson, 55, announced he had mild symptoms of COVID-19 on March 27 and had been in self-isolation at his Downing Street residence for seven days.
He had been scheduled to re-emerge on Friday after a week of recovery and working remotely, but said he would remain at home because he still had a high temperature — one of the symptoms.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital across the River Thames from the House of Commons late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature and a cough, for more than 10 days.
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