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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus
Posted at 3:52 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 19:08:40-04

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital for tests, 10 days after being diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

Johnson’s office said he was hospitalized Sunday because he still has symptoms , but it is not an emergency. Downing St. said it was a “precautionary step” and Johnson remains in charge of the government.

The 55-year-old leader has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26. He said Friday that he was feeling better but still had a fever.

The government said Sunday that almost 48,000 people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in the U.K., and 4,934 have died.

In an attempt to calm fears in the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II made a rare public address on Sunday.

"I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge," Queen Elizabeth said.