‘B******s to political allegiances right now’: Twitter unites to #PrayForBoris after PM was moved to intensive care with worsening coronavirus symptoms
- Thousands of Twitter users took to social media to wish the Prime Minister well
- Boris Johnson transferred to the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in London last night
- Some users insisted Britons should put political allegiances aside to pray for him
Thousands of social media users have united in support of Boris Johnson after he was moved to an intensive care unit with worsening symptoms of coronavirus.
The Prime Minister, 55, was transferred to the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in London last night and given oxygen after his health deteriorated sharply over just two hours, leaving doctors fearing he may need a ventilator.
Mr Johnson was said to have had breathing difficulties when he was moved to the unit at 7pm – forcing him to call upon Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to take the reins of government.
In a round of broadcast interviews this morning, Cabinet minister Michael Gove said Mr Johnson was receiving the ‘best care’.
Thousands of social media users have united in support of Boris Johnson (pictured) after he was moved to an intensive care unit with worsening symptoms of coronavirus
The news sparked a mammoth response on social media, with thousands of Twitter users taking to the platform to wish the Prime Minister well
‘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,’ he told BBC Breakfast.
The news sparked a mammoth response on social media, with thousands of Twitter users taking to the platform to wish the Prime Minister well under the hashtags ‘PrayForBoris’, ‘PrayForBorisJohnson’ and ‘PrayingForBoris.’
Among the well-wishers was television presenter Kirstie Allsopp, who wrote: ‘Boris is a fighter, he will win through, and it’ll cheer him up no end that people are being so generous, amazing to see. #PrayForBoris.’
Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon also took to Twitter to wish the Prime Minister well.
‘Saddened to hear that Boris Johnson has been moved into ICU. Thoughts and prayers with him,’ she said.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also shared a prayer for the Prime Minister’s ‘swift recovery.’
He added: ‘@GSTTNHS has some of the finest medical staff in the world, and he couldn’t be in safer hands.’
Singer Rhydian Roberts insisted ‘we should all hope our Prime Minister recovers’ regardless of our ‘political persuasion’
Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan added: I wish the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery and thank the NHS team looking after him and everyone at St Thomas’.
‘Coronavirus can affect anyone, the symptoms can be really awful. Please, please, remind your friends and family to stay at home!’
Singer Rhydian Roberts insisted ‘we should all hope our Prime Minister recovers’ regardless of our ‘political persuasion.’
He said: ‘Come on Boris. No matter what your political persuasion is, we should all hope our PM recovers.
‘I for one wish him well and my thoughts are with him and his pregnant girlfriend Carrie #PrayForBoris.’
Another user shared the vocalist’s sentiment, writing ‘b******* to political allegiances right now.’
‘Our Prime Minister is in intensive care,’ he added. ‘Every single person in the UK must hope that Boris Johnson pulls through this.’
Others told the Prime Minister ‘your country is behind you’ as they took to the platform to wish him well
Radio presenter John Dalziel added: ‘Regardless of where you stand politically, Boris isn’t just the Prime Minister, he is also a fiancé and soon to be father, son and brother.
‘Anyone who has ever had a family member sent to the Intensive Care Unit will know how scary this time is.’
Television personality Lizzie Cundy took to Twitter to share her ‘thoughts and prayers’ with the Prime Minister, adding: ‘This goes to show no one is invincible to this virus.
‘Please let’s all stay at home!’
Others took to Twitter to ask Britons to clap for Mr Johnson from their homes, in a tribute similar to that which has been paid for NHS workers across the UK.
The Prime Minister’s sharp downturn came 11 days after he first suffered coronavirus symptoms and went into isolation.
He looked increasingly unwell when seen in public and in ‘selfie’ videos posted on social media, and ministers were said to be shocked by his appearance at a Zoom conference on Sunday.
Police officers outside St Thomas’ Hospital in central London as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened
Pictured: Mr Johnson claps outside 11 Downing Street on April 2 to salute local NHS heroes
Downing Street sources confirmed Mr Johnson is not yet on a ventilator – but was moved to intensive care to be near one if needed.
Some medical experts are forecasting this course of action is now ‘very likely’.
Two thirds of patients in intensive care with coronavirus are sedated and put on a ventilator within 24 hours of arriving as the illness attacks their lungs.
But last night one doctor told The Times Mr Johnson was conscious and had not been intubated – the process of putting a tube in the windpipe to aid breathing.
He was said to have required around four litres of oxygen rather than the 15 litres used by an average Covid-19 ICU patient.
Only two hours before his move to intensive care, No10 was insisting Mr Johnson was still spearheading the government’s coronavirus response, despite de facto deputy Mr Raab chairing the morning crisis meeting.
Yet shortly after the Foreign Secretary left the Number 10 podium following the daily 5pm press briefing, Mr Johnson suffered breathing problems.
Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, held an emergency video conference with the cabinet to tell them the bad news, in a moment one minister described as ‘truly shocking’.
No10 has been urged to be more ‘transparent’ about the premier’s condition, amid claims a hospital bed was being prepared for him as early as last Thursday.
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