April 5, 2020 / 9:08 PM / 2 months ago

Factbox: Reaction as PM Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a “precautionary step” because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street, London, Britain March 19, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

Here is some reaction following the news:

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

“I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus. All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great gentleman and a great leader, and as you know he went to the hospital today but I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s a strong man, a strong person.”

KEIR STARMER, OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY LEADER

“Wishing the Prime Minister well and a speedy recovery.”

MATT HANCOCK, UK HEALTH SECRETARY

“Get Well Soon Boris”

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth had been informed but had no further comment.

JEREMY HUNT, FORMER FOREIGN SECRETARY AND EX-CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP RIVAL

“Thoughts with Boris Johnson this evening. Whatever political persuasion the whole country is united in wanting our PM to get fit and well as soon as possible.”

NICOLA STURGEON, SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER

“Wishing the PM all the best and a speedy recovery.”

SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

“Sending my very best to the Prime Minister and wishing him a swift recovery.”

ED DAVEY, ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

“Wishing Boris Johnson the best for getting through this, and a full, fast recovery. Carrie, Jo, Leo, Rachel: best of health to you. It’s vital we all follow the guidance; that’s how to protect you, your family, your loved ones.”

Compiled by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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