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Coronavirus: Johnson spends second night in ICU

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Health Desk- 08 April 2020: Boris Johnson is spending 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.

Mr. Johnson's condition is "stable" and he remains in "good spirits", his spokesman added on Tuesday evening.

Downing Street also confirmed that the planned review into whether the UK's coronavirus restrictions could be eased would not go ahead this Monday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for the PM, has said he was "confident" the PM would recover from this illness, describing him as a "fighter".

Speaking at Tuesday's Downing Street coronavirus briefing, he said Mr. 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.

Meanwhile, the first patients have been admitted to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in east London - a temporary facility set up at the ExCel conference center.

The admissions come two weeks after the hospital with a planned capacity of 4,000 was formally announced - although an NHS spokesperson stressed limits had not been reached at other sites in London.

Courtesy: BBC Health