Michael Gove says Boris Johnson‘s intensive care struggle is ”truly frightening” today as he assured ministers are praying for his quick recovery from the virus.
The Prime Minister was rushed to ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London and placed on oxygen following a shocking deterioration of his health in a space of a few hours, though not on a ventilator doctors feared he may need one.
Boris, 55, was transferred to ICU on the advice of his medical team after he showed serious difficulty in breathing which necessitated him to authorise the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to take charge of the government affairs.
In an interview this morning, Cabinet Office minister Mr Gove told the nation that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was getting the ‘best care’ possible.
”As we speak the PM is in intensive care being looked after by his medical team receiving the very, very best care from the team in St Thomas’ and our hopes and prayers are with him and with his family,” the minister told BBC Breakfast.
The Minister, however, used the same medium to stress the need for social distancing as he said: “Mr Johnson’s plight should demonstrate the need to follow social distancing rules, as the virus has a malevolence that is truly frightening.”
Mr Gove also disagreed with the notion that the government will be paralysed with Mr Johnson out of action, pointing out that Mr Johnson had already been on a ‘stripped back diary’ for days and Cabinet is the supreme decision-making body.
Although Mr Gove ignored questions about whether Mr Raab was given crucial national security responsibilities as well, such as the control of the nuclear deterrent and military forces.
Usually, a new Prime Minister needs to write ‘letters of last resort’ to nuclear submarine captains, mapping out instructions if the government is wiped out by an enemy strike. It’s not certain whether Mr Johnson’s letters will still apply in this case, or Mr Raab will write his own letter.
As concerns continue to rise for the British Prime Minister’s health condition, the Queen is being updated about Mr Johnson’s health condition.
However, U.S. President Donald Trump said he has offered to send Mr Johnson experimental drugs to treat his COVID_19.
”I’ve asked two of the leading companies … They’ve come with the solutions and just have done incredible jobs – and I’ve asked him to contact London immediately.
”The London office has whatever they need. We’ll see if we can be of help. We’ve contacted all of Boris’s doctors, and we’ll see what is going to take place, but they are ready to go,” Mr Trump said.
The prime minister looks increasingly unwell when seen in public and in ‘selfie’ videos posted on social media, and ministers were shocked by his grim appearance at a Zoom conference on Sunday.
About two-thirds of COVID-19 patients in ICU are sedated and put on a ventilator within 24 hours of arriving as the virus attacks their lungs making it difficult for them to breath.