The United Kingdom’s prime minister Boris Johnson has been put on oxygen support after spending the last 15 hours in intensive care with the coronavirus.
Though oxygen support is not quite as grave as requiring a ventilator, 9News Europe correspondent Ben Avery described the situation as “very serious”. He spoke to A Current Affair from the front of St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where Mr Johnson is being treated.
There has not been any official update on the prime minister’s condition from Downing Street, with Mr Avery reporting that British people have been “kept in the dark” over last 24 hours.
Government officials initially said that Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital simply to undergo testing, and then proceeded to say he was sent to an intensive care unit as a “precaution”.
Yet, as Mr Avery pointed out, ICU beds in the UK are scarce at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed over 5,300 lives in the country.
Experts say the prime minister wouldn’t have an ICU bed unless he really needed one, according to Mr Avery.
He said it “remains to be seen” if British people will told if the prime minister’s condition deteriorates.