UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms

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Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized with “persistent symptoms” of coronavirus on Sunday night as a “precautionary step,” Downing Street said.

Johnson was admitted to the hospital to undergo tests on the advice of his doctor 10 days after he revealed he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The prime minister has a temperature, and no update was given on his condition on Monday.

“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” a Downing Street spokesperson said. “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”

 “The Prime Minister thanks NHS [National Health Service] 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,” the spokesperson added.

The prime minister will continue to lead the government, although Dominic Raab, the Foreign secretary, will temporarily stand in as leader if Johnson is unable to work.

President Donald Trump joined a chorus of voices wishing the prime minister a quick recovery from the illness.

“But before I begin, I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” Trump said Sunday night. “All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman and a great leader, and he’s as you know, he was brought to the hospital today, but I’m — I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine.”

The prime minister was last seen in public at the door of Number 10 Downing Street on Thursday night, as he turned out to clap for National Health Service workers along with much of the country.

Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with their child, also announced that she had been bed-ridden over the past week with coronavirus symptoms over the weekend.

“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus,” she posted on Twitter. “I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”

“Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously wrong,” she added, as she encouraged other pregnant women to follow the latest health guidance on coronavirus in pregnant women.

As of Sunday morning, 47,806 people in the U.K. had tested positive for coronavirus, with 4,934 deaths, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The news of the prime minister’s hospitalization came as the Queen addressed the nation in a highly poignant televised address. Praising the response of the country’s health and care workers, she said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms

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Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized with “persistent symptoms” of coronavirus on Sunday night as a “precautionary step,” Downing Street said.

Johnson was admitted to the hospital to undergo tests on the advice of his doctor 10 days after he revealed he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The prime minister has a temperature, and no update was given on his condition on Monday.

“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” a Downing Street spokesperson said. “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”

 “The Prime Minister thanks NHS [National Health Service] 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,” the spokesperson added.

The prime minister will continue to lead the government, although Dominic Raab, the Foreign secretary, will temporarily stand in as leader if Johnson is unable to work.

President Donald Trump joined a chorus of voices wishing the prime minister a quick recovery from the illness.

“But before I begin, I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” Trump said Sunday night. “All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman and a great leader, and he’s as you know, he was brought to the hospital today, but I’m — I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine.”

The prime minister was last seen in public at the door of Number 10 Downing Street on Thursday night, as he turned out to clap for National Health Service workers along with much of the country.

Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant with their child, also announced that she had been bed-ridden over the past week with coronavirus symptoms over the weekend.

“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus,” she posted on Twitter. “I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.”

“Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously wrong,” she added, as she encouraged other pregnant women to follow the latest health guidance on coronavirus in pregnant women.

As of Sunday morning, 47,806 people in the U.K. had tested positive for coronavirus, with 4,934 deaths, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The news of the prime minister’s hospitalization came as the Queen addressed the nation in a highly poignant televised address. Praising the response of the country’s health and care workers, she said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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Japan PM to declare state of emergency as early as Tuesday

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns

Japan PM to declare state of emergency as early as Tuesday

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns

Dubai’s Emaar sells 80% stake in cooling system for $675M

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Dubai’s state-backed developer Emaar says it sold an 80% share of its district cooling project around the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, for $675 million

Dubai’s Emaar sells 80% stake in cooling system for $675M

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Dubai’s state-backed developer Emaar says it sold an 80% share of its district cooling project around the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, for $675 million

From Iran’s hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

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Some 200,000 Afghans and counting have returned from Iran to their home country after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic or out of fear of getting infected

From Iran’s hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

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Some 200,000 Afghans and counting have returned from Iran to their home country after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic or out of fear of getting infected

Australia’s highest court to judge cardinal’s abuse appeal

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Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago

Australia’s highest court to judge cardinal’s abuse appeal

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Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

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The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet visited the leadership of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, where the aircraft carrier is being cleaned after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its crew

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

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The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet visited the leadership of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, where the aircraft carrier is being cleaned after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its crew

Lives Lost: A man loved by many, a death at 80 alone in Rome

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Nothing in the way Enrico Giancomoni lived during his 80-plus years in Rome corresponds with the way he died, which was alone

Lives Lost: A man loved by many, a death at 80 alone in Rome

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Nothing in the way Enrico Giancomoni lived during his 80-plus years in Rome corresponds with the way he died, which was alone

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

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The Taliban say their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

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The Taliban say their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point

Dying alone, Italy’s virus victims leave double family toll

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more victims in Italy than any other country, and more than 45,000 worldwide

Dying alone, Italy’s virus victims leave double family toll

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more victims in Italy than any other country, and more than 45,000 worldwide

Premier infuriated by Trump, says Canada helped US amid 9/11

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A Canadian premier of a province that sheltered thousands of stranded American airline passengers after the 9/11 attacks is questioning the humanity of U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump banned the export of N95 protective masks to Canada

Premier infuriated by Trump, says Canada helped US amid 9/11

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A Canadian premier of a province that sheltered thousands of stranded American airline passengers after the 9/11 attacks is questioning the humanity of U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump banned the export of N95 protective masks to Canada

ACLU files 1st coronavirus curfew lawsuit in Puerto Rico

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The ACLU says it it is seeking an injunction to block part of Puerto Rico’s strict curfew against the new coronavirus, arguing that some of its restrictions are unconstitutional

ACLU files 1st coronavirus curfew lawsuit in Puerto Rico

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The ACLU says it it is seeking an injunction to block part of Puerto Rico’s strict curfew against the new coronavirus, arguing that some of its restrictions are unconstitutional

Queen Elizabeth makes rare speech to address UK amid coronavirus crisis

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iStock(LONDON) — In a rare televised speech from Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II urged citizens of the U.K. to “remain united and resolute” in the face of the challenges resulting from the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to a nation under lockdown, the queen addressed the nation for just the fifth time outside her usual annual Christmas Day speech. The four other times she has made an extraordinary address have been to mark the Gulf War, the death of Princess Diana of Wales, the death of her mother, and her Diamond Jubilee.

The queen shared a personal memory of her first broadcast in 1940, saying: “We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”

The Queen also paid tribute to Britain’s National Health Service, at the forefront in the fight against the virus.

She added, “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”

The broadcast Sunday was recorded in a room that met requirements of being large enough to allow sufficient distance between the queen and the only other person in the room at the time — a cameraman in personal protected equipment.

All other technical staff were in another room connected by speakers.

The speech came at the end of a weekend that saw many people across the country violating government requests to stay at home, despite the sunny weather.

Parks and squares across London and other major cities saw hundreds of people gathering to take advantage of the weather.

The British government has predicted the peak of the coronavirus crisis to hit around Easter Sunday, and this week repeatedly urged citizens to stay indoors.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have remained in Windsor Castle in recent weeks after her son Prince Charles was confirmed positive for COVID-19, and self-isolated at his home at Birkhall in Scotland.

His wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative.

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Queen Elizabeth makes rare speech to address UK amid coronavirus crisis

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iStock(LONDON) — In a rare televised speech from Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II urged citizens of the U.K. to “remain united and resolute” in the face of the challenges resulting from the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to a nation under lockdown, the queen addressed the nation for just the fifth time outside her usual annual Christmas Day speech. The four other times she has made an extraordinary address have been to mark the Gulf War, the death of Princess Diana of Wales, the death of her mother, and her Diamond Jubilee.

The queen shared a personal memory of her first broadcast in 1940, saying: “We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”

The Queen also paid tribute to Britain’s National Health Service, at the forefront in the fight against the virus.

She added, “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”

The broadcast Sunday was recorded in a room that met requirements of being large enough to allow sufficient distance between the queen and the only other person in the room at the time — a cameraman in personal protected equipment.

All other technical staff were in another room connected by speakers.

The speech came at the end of a weekend that saw many people across the country violating government requests to stay at home, despite the sunny weather.

Parks and squares across London and other major cities saw hundreds of people gathering to take advantage of the weather.

The British government has predicted the peak of the coronavirus crisis to hit around Easter Sunday, and this week repeatedly urged citizens to stay indoors.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have remained in Windsor Castle in recent weeks after her son Prince Charles was confirmed positive for COVID-19, and self-isolated at his home at Birkhall in Scotland.

His wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative.

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Jerusalem’s Palm Sunday march scaled back due to coronavirus

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This year’s traditional Palm Sunday procession has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus

Jerusalem’s Palm Sunday march scaled back due to coronavirus

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This year’s traditional Palm Sunday procession has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus

Rwanda finds genocide grave that could contain 30,000 bodies

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A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 people were killed

Rwanda finds genocide grave that could contain 30,000 bodies

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A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 people were killed

South Sudan has 1st virus case, is 51st country in Africa

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Officials in South Sudan say the country has its first case of COVID-19, making it the 51st of Africa’s 54 countries to have the disease

Gunmen kill Hezbollah member in southern Lebanon

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Lebanese security officials say unknown gunmen fatally shot and stabbed a member of the militant Hezbollah group in southern Lebanon