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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DCG
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DCG
7 months ago

I hope he’ll be ok, unlike the many rooting for his death on Twitter.

I know of no one who has the Wuhan virus. And I still haven’t seen anyone in the Wuhan virus drive-through test site.

We have 41 confirmed cases in our county and under 1,400 in our state (population of 3.5 M and more negative tests than positive according to department of health). We are in lockdown until the end of the month.

William
William
7 months ago

Initially they were putting anyone who “tested positive” in ICU, then running headlines about overburdened ICU’s. I suspect there are co-factors with Johnson, there almost has to be. Maybe he bought the hype and went on “anitivirals”. AV’s will put you in ICU quicker than any virus, they are deadly. That’s why they call them “life-saving”. But we’ll never know because they will never tell us, and if he dies it will be The Virus. I know no one who “tested positive”, I don’t even know anyone who is sick. Cold and flu season is winding down. Either way “testing… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  William

I should mention that where I live, although mostly rural with small towns, is a kind of junction/crossroads between Boston, Albany, and NYC. A lot of people from NY pass through here all the time. But nothing is happening

chemtrailssuck
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Before the polio vaccine was released, all cases of paralysis or breathing difficulties were classified as polio. After the vaccine was forced on everyone, any polio cases were called something else, but not polio. (Source: “Dissolving Illusions” by Dr. Susan Humphries, MD)

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago

We do not know of anyone socially who has the virus, but sadly, we’ve had 2 sheriff deputies die of it in our small So Ca village, one of whom we knew on sight for his service in our community. Both caught it early on before we generally knew about distancing and protecting ourselves. They were transporting sick jailees to the hospital from our local detention center. Can you imagine (?) being in a car with someone with raging Coronavirus? Small, confined space…way less than 6-ft distance….these poor guys were totally exposed. One was in his 30’s and one in… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

I’m sorry to hear of the death of your deputies but it’s impossible to conclude that they died of “it” without more evidence, other than that some doctor said they did. Were they tested? And if so are you aware that the tests that are used are, to put it mildly, unreliable at best, and at worst diagnostically useless? And were the jailees tested? And did they die as well? I would think that in a small community which experienced an apparent outbreak “early on” there would be a multitude of other cases that you know of, “socially” or otherwise.… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Yes, they were tested. Our small village, even tho’ really small by CA standards, began blanket testing early b/c we have a farm team stadium for a National League baseball team and it was chosen as a central place to start early, drive-thru’ testing here in CA. And yes, the jailees were tested. I don’t know if they died or not (yet). The first cases and deaths in our county (our epicenter) were in a nearby site that was slated for a large outdoor many-day music festival. The first 8 cases in our county had convened early there from afar….of… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I never mock those who err on the side of caution. I err on the side of caution myself during cold/flu season, that’s why I rarely get sick. And I don’t present myself as any kind of medical authority. What I say and think is irrelevant, I’m not a doctor or scientist. I refer to what some of the most highly-credentialed virologists, microbiologists, doctors and medical authorities, including several Nobel winners, for what that’s worth, have said about HIV, C-19, and infectious epidemics generally. This phenomenon is very obviously multi-factorial, there is far more involved here than some stupid virus… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

My comments are not directed at anyone personally. They are only insulting if you take them personally. I wasn’t insulting CG, simply making an observation. I think most everyone is reacting out of fear. Understandable, but it doesn’t help. Yes, fear extinguishes rationality

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

When I said the tests are unreliable, especially PCR, I’m referring mainly to 1993 Nobel Laureate Dr. Kary Mullis, who invented PCR, when he said it shouldn’t, couldn’t, be used as a diagnostic test. When someone invents a certain technology and says it can’t be used for certain things, we should probably listen. Then there’s this: From a manufacturer of PCR test kit elements, Creative Diagnostics, “SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Multiplex RT-qPCR Kit” [4]: “Regulatory status: For research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.” From “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel” [1]: “Detection of viral RNA may not… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Well CG, I wouldn’t take a DDT pill but now that you mention it I would be willing to have myself injected with C-19 IF it could be purified, which is to say isolated and properly characterized. Fauci says we don’t have to, we should just take his word for it, we have “surrogate markers”. But for the purposes of the experiment I have in mind we would need to, so get busy Fauci, I’ll wait. Once that’s done, assuming there is a C-19 (the fact that it hasn’t been isolated to this point causes me to doubt that), I’ll… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago
Reply to  William

One of my heroines is a Brethren classmate who, upon graduation, volunteered to do exactly what you have said you would be willing to do. Step up William and stop pontificating about it. Stick your arm out and take an injection of C-19 and let us study your response. Do it. But remember, you can not BARGAIN with a virus…you can not BARGAIN (“if it could be purified–whatever that means medically b/c that is YOUR statement, not a medical definition)….or, “I’d be willing to risk a mild to moderate cough and fever IF he will agree to “life-saving anti-viral drugs.”… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Viruses aren’t what you think but I won’t go there because you already “know” what they are. And for you that’s “true”. My proposal was obviously just a thought experiment that will never happen but I’d be delighted to do it if it would help to end this madness. The person you describe on a ventilator – it should be obvious that’s more than a typical viral infection, not even “the” virus. Elsewhere I mentioned cases that are showing up of severe hypoxia, WITHOUT lung damage or loss of pulmonary function. That’s very strange and not at all typical of… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Purified is a medical definition, not my statement. It’s more or less synonymous with isolation, separating virus particles from a cellular matrix, getting them apart from everything else, cellular debris, particles that look like viruses (mock virus), etc . Because viruses are so incredibly small it’s not easy, they use ultra high-speed centrifuges and there are several specified steps in the procedure that was established at the Pasteur Institute in 1973. It is the only way to definitively identify and characterize viruses and to establish if they cause disease (most dont). They did this with HIV but couldn’t find anything… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Sigh. Let us agree to disagree. I’m all done here & you can hang your own hat on your virus theories. I’ll hang my hat on my educated understanding of /& working w/these sorts of viruses & many years of notifications from our CDC. My husband has worked in the medical field his whole life for USPHS. Today, he is out seeing a patient for which he had to drive an hr. to see, & he is age 70 AND has COPD….& it’s raining here, which might be more deadly to a driver here in CA than the Coronavirus! I… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

All together now..We Shall Overcome. Ya gotta believe. There are vastly more significant threats to our survival than “contact days”. Like medical fascism. But, whatever melts your butter. I don’t watch TV. I haven’t had a ton of cold/flu viruses, I almost never get sick. Is Calexit still a thing out your way? If not could you maybe jump start it?

TrailDust
Admin
7 months ago

So far, I don’t know anyone who has tested positive for the COVID-19.

Cinderella
Editor
7 months ago

So far, I know of no one personally who has either tested positive or died. The official numbers in my state (CT) as of yesterday are 7,781 poz cases and 277 dead. Of the dead, 7 are allegedly in my county. There is a long white tent in front of my local hospital, or was a week ago when I drove past. There were no patients inside that I could see, but two people dressed in scrubs and respiratory masks were standing in front of it. I have not been able to determine conclusively whether there is a virus, an… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago

Since I last added to this particular post, I’ve found out that one of my student’s mothers is near death from Coronavirus. My student was registered before our school shut down (the week before) for independent study b/c his family was taking a cruise through the Panama Canal for 2 weeks, to overlap our Spring Break week. By the time they returned, we’d already been sent home with school shut down for a week. The mother, our PTA president, was almost immediately hospitalized with Coronavirus upon return and went almost immediately onto a ventilator. I found out today that she… Read more »

DCG
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DCG
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Will say a prayer. So sad that what should have been a wonderful family vacation has turned into a nightmare.

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Tearful thanks, DCG….I am grateful.

chemtrailssuck
7 months ago

Nope. Nobody I know has it.