Mr. Johnson wrote Monday on Twitter from a hospital in London that he was “in good spirits.”
Mr. Johnson, 55, first skilled the signs of the virus on March 26, was examined that day and obtained the optimistic consequence round midnight, going into self-isolation in Downing Road, however chairing conferences by videolink.
He was initially anticipated to renew regular working on the finish of final week, however on Friday Mr. Johnson’s aides stated that he nonetheless had signs, particularly a excessive temperature, and had not ended his self-isolation. In a video assertion through which he defined the scenario, he nonetheless regarded unwell.
A number of different key figures within the authorities have self-isolated after struggling signs of the coronavirus, together with the well being secretary Matthew Hancock, who has now returned to work, and the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. Mr. Johnson’s companion, Carrie Symonds, who’s pregnant, disclosed on Saturday that she, too, is struggling signs.
Mr. Johnson was initially criticized for his sluggish response to the outbreak, however later moved to place Britain under a virtual lockdown, closing all nonessential outlets, banning conferences of greater than two individuals, and requiring individuals to remain of their properties, aside from journeys for meals or drugs.
Earlier than that his authorities had tried to take a unique tack from the remainder of Europe, which moved earlier to shut companies to attempt to halt the unfold of the virus. Some officers, together with Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief scientific adviser, had stated that the federal government was trying “to construct up some form of herd immunity so extra individuals are resistant to this illness and we cut back the transmission.”
At one news conference in early March, Mr. Johnson described visiting a hospital the place he stated there have been coronavirus sufferers. “I shook palms with everyone, you’ll be happy to know,” he stated, “and I proceed to shake palms.”
The announcement of Mr. Johnson’s hospitalization got here hours after Queen Elizabeth II issued a rare televised address on Sunday, making an attempt to rally her fellow Britons to confront the pandemic with the resolve and self-discipline which have seen the nation by its best trials.