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Boris Johnson is admitted after ten days of fever

Boris Johnson. / Efe
Boris Johnson. 

The Prime Minister asked the monarch for an unusual speech to the nation and announced hospitalization after the speech

Downing Street announced late Saturday night that he was admitted to a hospital for Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to undergo routine tests,” an hour after the British media issued a message from Elizabeth to the British. Newspaper covers combine the two stories on Monday’s shelters, with the popular ones highlighting the queen’s speech.

Johnson announced ten days ago his isolation at the official residence of the head of Government after testing positive for the virus. He was driven around eight o’clock London time to St. Thomas Hospital, across the Westminster Bridge over the Thames. His fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant and has not lived in the same apartment this time, has been in bed for seven days with symptoms of Covid-19.

Obesity, in December, weighed more than one hundred kilos, is the only apparent risk factor for Johnson, who has not managed to get rid of a high fever. His image in the videos he has broadcast from his residence, in a week in which his Government has received sharp criticism, portray him with a full face. Collaborators who have shared telematics meetings say they cough often.

His doctor decided the transfer to the hospital. The speculation is that X-rays will be done of his lungs and tests of his vital organs. The known balance regarding the treatment of Covid-19, according to the analysis of Josep María Miró for the Fundación Lucha contra el Sida, is that a rapid intervention with antivirals is recommended after the high infection and again fast action with anti-inflammatory drugs at the beginning of the second week. The mortality of those who are treated with respirators is 50%.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will chair the meetings of the government committee that coordinates the Executive’s actions. The popularity of the Government has declined in the past week due to difficulties in increasing the number of tests or obtaining a reliable antibody test, after having ruled out the route of mass testing as a way of managing the epidemic.

In this context, Johnson asked the monarch to deliver a speech to the nation, the fifth in his 68 years of reign. The previous ones, all since 1990, were on the occasion of the First Gulf War, the death of the princess Diana, the death of her mother and the Jubilee of her reign. The queen issues a Christmas message every year. The brief speech was recorded at Windsor Castle, where he remains alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.

Isabel II began her words by expressing the country’s gratitude to the workers of the National Health Service. In a weekend in which the Health Minister, Matt Hancock, threatened the population with removing the authorization to go out once a day to exercise, for the attendance of people to parks on Saturday and Sunday, the queen expressed I also thank “those who stay at home.” “I hope that in the years to come, everyone will be able to remember how they met this challenge proudly,” he said.

Later he praised the permanence of virtues that “characterize this country”, such as “self-discipline, calm and well-humoured determination, the feeling of companionship.” And he concluded with a message of optimism, expressing his conviction that “we will succeed and that success will belong to all of us.”

In the final passage, he evoked the spirit of unity of the Second World War. “We will meet again”, he said. Those words are the front page of the newspapers. It is the name of a song composed by two musicians and lyricists from Manchester in 1939 and popularized by singer Vera Lynn. It evokes the spirit of soldiers leaving for war and was the most popular song of that time.

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