Coronavirus: Boris Johnson breathing without a ventilator in intensive care, Number 10 says

Boris Johnson is breathing without a ventilator and has not been diagnosed with pneumonia, Downing Street has said.

His spokesman said the PM was “stable overnight” and remains in “good spirits”.

Mr Johnson spent the night in intensive care after his symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, worsened and he suffered breathing difficulties.

The PM’s spokesman said Mr Johnson had been receiving “standard oxygen treatment” but had not required any other help with his breathing.

He was initially admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday evening, but his health deteriorated during the course of Monday.

The precautionary decision to move him to intensive care was taken on the advice of his medical team at around 7pm, with Downing Street revealing the news in a statement an hour later.

It is understood Mr Johnson remained conscious at the time of the announcement and was moved to intensive care as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told LBC earlier that the PM “has not been on a ventilator” but has received “oxygen support”.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman rejected claims that Number 10 had tried to hide the seriousness of his condition.

“We have been fully frank with you throughout,” he told reporters during the government’s daily media briefing.

“We have issued you with regular updates on the prime minister’s health.

“His condition worsened yesterday afternoon. A decision was taken that he needed to be moved to an intensive care unit at around 7pm.

“We informed you all as soon as was practically possible. We have a commitment to be as transparent as we can be throughout this process.”

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