British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in an intensive care unit at a London hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms dramatically worsened.
A Tuesday update from 10 Downing Street said that there is no change in Johnson’s condition, and that “he remains in intensive care for close monitoring … in good spirits.”
“He has not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support. He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practice, his progress continues to be monitored in critical care,” Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for Johnson, said at a Tuesday news conference.
The 55-year-old Conservative leader was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the first major world leader to be confirmed to have the virus. He was moved to intensive care after his condition deteriorated Monday.
The coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom is deepening as its case numbers rise. The government said Monday that 55,242 people had been confirmed to have the coronavirus in Britain, 6,159 of whom have died.
Trudeau wishes Johnson well, talks about ventilators
Speaking outside Rideau Cottage on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wished Johnson well, saying his thoughts are with the British leader and his family, calling Johnson a “fighter,” who is committed to serving the U.K. people.
“He will be fighting now to regain his health and return to the job he loves.”
Trudeau said Canada stands with the people of the U.K.
“We will get through this together,” he said at his daily briefing, which focused on efforts to increase the supply of critical medical equipment, such as ventilators.
The prime minister said his government is working with companies to try and produce 30,000 ventilators.
Exactly when those ventilators would be available to hospitals, which are facing increasing caseloads, was not immediately clear, though Trudeau suggested they could be ready in the weeks and months ahead.
Question on ventilators – do you expect we’ll need 30,000 of them? “We need to be ready for any and every circumstance. The opportunity to make sure we have ventilators available is extremely important. We certainly hope we won’t be needing all those ventilators,” he says.
— John Paul Tasker (@JPTasker) April 7, 2020
Procurement of equipment and personal protective gear has been a challenge for Canada and countries around the world, as health systems compete for a limited supply.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday that Canada received eight million surgical masks from China yesterday, and orders made directly by Nova Scotia and Quebec were on board. Canada expects more deliveries from China in the days to come.
Canada has sourced more than 230 million surgical masks, and more than 16 million have been delivered to date, she said.
1st COVID-19-related death in N.S.
In Canada, all provinces and territories except Nunavut have cases of COVID-19, with the total known case count surpassing 17,000. Quebec and Ontario have been hardest hit, followed by Alberta and British Columbia.
Nova Scotia on Tuesday reported its first COVID-19-related death. Health officials in the province said a woman in her 70s with underlying health issues died of complications related to COVID-19.
“I had hoped this day would never come, and I’m deeply saddened that a Nova Scotia family is going through this,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a statement.