Best Wishes to UK Prime Minister Now in Intensive Care

Mish

Boris Johnson is now in intensive care due to a coronavirus infection.

The Wall Street Journal reports U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care at a London hospital Monday as he struggles to recover from the new coronavirus.

The British government said in a statement that Mr. Johnson’s condition had worsened over the afternoon. The 55-year-old had been admitted to hospital on Sunday after suffering persistent symptoms from Covid-19 for 10 days. Mr. Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him, the government said.

An official said that the prime minister remained conscious and was moved to intensive care at 7 p.m. U.K. time (2 p.m. EDT) as a precautionary step.

Britain doesn’t have the equivalent of a vice president who automatically takes over if the prime minister dies. It is up to the members of the U.K. cabinet to decide among themselves who should lead the country if the prime minister dies or falls gravely ill.

UK Experiment Gone Bad

On March 13, the New York Times reported As Europe Shuts Down, Britain Takes a Different, and Contentious, Approach.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has largely kept Britain open, opting for more targeted measures, a strategy that has startled some epidemiologists.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain once said his political hero was the mayor in the film “Jaws,” praising him for defying mass hysteria to keep the beaches open after a constituent is eaten by a shark.

As the coronavirus now stampedes across Britain and much of the world, Mr. Johnson is heeding the same principle, spurning the mass closures that have become commonplace across Europe and gambling his political future on a more restrained approach.

While countries across Europe have shut schools, sporting events and even restaurants and bars, Mr. Johnson has largely kept Britain open, opting for more targeted measures like asking people with respiratory symptoms to stay home.

Distressing

What If

What If Part 2.

We do not have solid answers to any questions.

However, other than discounting medical politicians at the WHO and CDC (proven wrong and initially way overoptimistic), I hold medical experts in higher esteem than armchair economists comparing what is happening now to the flu.

Without a doubt Coronavirus Deaths are Badly Undercounted.

Regardless ...

Best Wishes to Boris Johnson!

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (34)
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davebarnes
davebarnes

"The strategy of the British government in minimizing the impact of Covid-19 is to allow the virus to pass through the entire population,"
Seems to be working.

Tengen
Tengen

The silver lining here is that it will be difficult for the Just The Flu™ people to dismiss this should BoJo shuffle off this mortal coil.

Then again, some of them will probably claim he had a million preexisting conditions and wouldn't have lived through the spring anyway.

Schaap60
Schaap60

Mish, if you're interested and have access The Economist has an article and interesting graph today on the undercounting of COVID deaths in hard hit parts of Europe.

daveyp
daveyp

I have enormous empathy and sympathy for BoJo and his loved ones as a fellow human being. However, as a physician, I was extremely angered by the footage of him arrogantly and stupidly shaking the hands of every patient in a hospital 3 weeks ago in front of the TV cameras. An absolutely appalling example from a supposed leader. Perhaps doubters will now finally understand how indiscriminate and vicious this virus is.

Sechel
Sechel

Didn't agree with Boris Johnson on Brexit but this Coronavirus is a terrible illness to succumb to. Wish him well.

Ironic that he's fallen ill to an illness he didn't take seriously early on. I don't believe this is karma but maybe a possible future lesson for others to learn.

Brexitologist
Brexitologist

Longlive Boris Johnson, the UK needs him badly, more than ever.

thimk
thimk

Can't believe USA /UK mutibillion dollar intelligence structure did not warn the
the administration of the severity/lethality of the virus . My god non MSM had great
coverage of the event as it unfolded before our very eyes. (i.e Peak Prosperity et al). Well I guess the best intelligence in the world is useless if not acted upon. Sorry Bojo

wootendw
wootendw

Johnson is 12 years younger than I.
Scary.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

We can be sure that he is receiving the best care possible, and the doctors likely are consulting every expert in the world.
If he pulls through, it will become the golden treatment for the corona virus.
All the best.

UKMark
UKMark

Quite disappointed in that WSJ piece.

First Dominic Raab (British Foreign Secreary) also holds the title of First Secretary of State which makes him defaco #2. He will be in charge whilst Boris is incapacitated. It does not confer a succession right though in the event the PM dies/resigns. Should the worst happen there would need to be a new party leadership election and whoever wins that will become PM. The position of "Deputy Prime Minister" IS also a constitutional role in the UK, though not one that the current Conservative government uses.

Second the UK is actually on quite a strict lockdown. People have been asked to stay at home and this is being policed (with a gentle touch). People are allowed to travel to/from work if that work is considered important/essential (and those people cannot work from home). Otherwise they are only allowed out to shop for essential food/medicine or for up to 1 hour of exercise (not in groups). Restaurants, retail, etc are all closed. The government has powers to lockdown further if it needs to but British people generally are sensible and get it. The roads are largely empty and if you go out you typically see about 5% of the people around as usual. They are usually exercising and typically alone or small family groups. The supermarkets all have floor markings/one-way systems, etc to ensure people can keep 2m apart and they restrict the numbers of customers at any time. A few people are flaunting the rules but it's a very small minority and there's a lot of social pressure against it.

nobodynowhere
nobodynowhere

if you look like a clown, and you act like a clown, you are a clown. best of luck, bozo!


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