Shomporko Desk:-BORIS Johnson remains in a “stable” condition in intensive care, Downing Street has confirmed. The Prime Minister is said to still be in “good spirits”, according to his official spokesman, who confirmed this afternoon that he has not been diagnosed with pneumonia as previously speculated.
The official spokesman also added that Mr. Johnson was “not receiving mechanical ventilation” but added that he has continued to receive “non-invasive respiratory support” such as “standard oxygen treatment” while in St. Thomas’ Hospital, across the Thames from Westminster.
It was explained that a ventilator was on standby should the PM need it, but the Downing Street official said there was currently “significant spare capacity available in intensive care units, including ventilators” not just in London hospitals but across the country, and denied claims one was being kept specifically for the Prime Minister.
It has emerged that Johnson’s stand-in, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, has also allocated a deputy should he fall ill. In that situation, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak would take the reigns of government until Johnson or Raab recovered fully.