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British PM admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

He was taken to hospital on Sunday evening with “persistent symptoms” – including a high temperature.

It is said to be a “precautionary step” taken on the advice of his doctor.

FEARS grew over Boris Johnson’s health today as he entered his 10th day of self-isolation and aides said he “looked dreadful”.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock, recovered after also testing positive for coronavirus last week,insisted the PM was “OK” but still had a temperature.

And he said he did not know whether the PM had been seen by a doctor.

Government aides said he had been “coughing and spluttering” on video conference calls over the last few days.

The prime minister remains in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

Mr Johnson is expected to stay overnight and is having what have been described as “routine tests”, according to BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

In a statement, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

“This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”

She added: “The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

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