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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in ICU with COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, said he’d tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease spawned from the Wuhan coronavirus. He went into isolation after a family member showed symptoms.

Lee Brown reports for the New York Post that cabinet officials were alerted in a video conference about Johnson’s deteriorating condition shortly before the public announcement, with one calling it a “truly shocking” moment.

Yesterday, after 10 days in self-quarantine, Johnson was admitted to the intensive care unit of London’s St Thomas’ Hospital, which directly overlooks Parliament.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the prime minister is conscious and being given oxygen, but is not on a ventilator and has not been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds, said she had been sick for a week at home with classic symptoms of the virus, but that she was “on the mend.”

Boris Johnson (r) and fiancée Carrie Symonds

Britain has no official post of deputy prime minister, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been designated to take over temporarily. If Johnson could not return to his job, his Conservative Party would elect a new leader as prime minister.

Did you know that, until only 4 years ago, Boris Johnson had dual UK-US citizenship because he was born in New York City to English parents? In 2016, he renounced his U.S. citizenship to to demonstrate his loyalty to the UK.

Here are other political figures who have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla) was the first member of Congress to test positive.
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah).
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).
  • Francis Xavier Suarez, mayor of Miami, Florida.
  • John Bessler, husband of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D)-Minnesota).
  • Prince Charles, first in line to the British throne, tested positive after displaying mild symptoms.
  • Peter Dutton, Minister of Home Affairs, Australia.
  • Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, France.
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs.
  • Iraj Harirchi, head of Iran’s counter-coronavirus task force.
  • Quim Torra, Regional Leader of Spain’s Catalonia.
  • Pere Aragones, Catalan Deputy Head of Government.
  • Fábio Wajngarten, Communications Director for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Nadine Dorries, UK health minister.
  • Sophie Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Begoña Gómez, wife of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Sources: Fox News; People; Time

Do you have or personally know of someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

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Mick Jagger blasts President Trump and attacks the US for “tearing apart” environmental standards

From Daily Mail: Rock and Roll icon Mick Jagger has lamented Donald Trump as a polarizing and rude figure who is ‘tearing apart’ America’s environmental safeguards – but the US president wasn’t the only world leader to be admonished in the singer’s extraordinary diatribe Saturday.

The Rolling Stones frontman said America should be setting the environmental standard for the world to follow, but, under the leadership of Trump, Jagger believes environment controls are being decimated.

Jagger, 76, says he is ‘absolutely behind’ young climate change activists who had earlier occupied the red carpet at the Venice film festival, where the new psychological thriller he’s starring in, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’, was debuting.

He then deplored how politics has descended into a circus of name-calling, ‘including in my own country this week’ – a reference to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comparing opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a ‘big girl’s blouse’ and a ‘chlorinated chicken’.

Jagger also bewailed ‘the polarization and incivility in public life’, although the one-time bad boy of 1960s rock admitted he was ‘not always for civility’ himself.

‘But when you see it now… in so many countries, including my own this last week, but particularly the US, it’s a sea change.

‘It is not about manners,’ Jagger insisted, saying he was fearful about ‘where all this polarization and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.’

More worrying still, said the singer, was that what little environmental safeguards there were were being swept away across the globe.

Jagger blasted Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. ‘We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the US, where all the environmental controls that were put in place – that were just about adequate – have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,’ he added.

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As you can see, Jagger is extremely concerned about the environment…

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