Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms deteriorated on Monday evening.

Downing Street made the announcement in a short statement, revealing that over the cause of the afternoon, Boris’ condition had worsened, and that he was moved into intensive care “around 7pm”.

A Number 10 spokesman said:

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive Care Unit at the hospital. “

“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

He is being treated at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, where he was admitted on Sunday. Boris had been taken to hospital over the weekend after his COVID-19 symptoms persisted for ten days, and had since undergone tests and observations from doctors.