U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Improving and Sitting Up in Bed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak updated the public on Wednesday about the condition of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he was admitted to intensive care after contracting COVD-19.

"He is receiving excellent care," Sunak said in a press briefing.

"The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care, where his condition is improving," he continued.

"He has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.

"The prime minister is not only my colleague and my boss but also my friend, and my thoughts are with him and his family."

Johnson is spending his third day in intensive care after being moved on Monday evening when his condition worsened.

He revealed that he had contracted the novel coronavirus on March 27.

In an update on Wednesday morning, Downing Street said Johnson remained in a critical but stable condition at London's St. Thomas' hospital and is in "good spirits" while there.

"The PM is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without assistance," the statement said, similar to one previously released by Downing Street.

The prime minister is not currently working and his duties are being covered by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab where necessary.

This comes shortly after letters, written by Johnson, were sent to every household in the U.K. to reassure people about the pandemic:

Boris Johnson gives Downing Street briefing
Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care on Monday evening. Getty

"I understand completely the difficulties this disruption has caused to your lives, businesses and jobs," Johnson wrote.

"But the action we have taken is absolutely necessary, for one very simple reason.

"If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible.

"That is why we are giving one simple instruction—you must stay at home."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.