At least 5,373 patients in the United Kingdom have died from the coronavirus, as of Sunday night. That marks an increase of 439 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Over 51,000 people in the United Kingdom have tested positive for COVID-19, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.
– U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized Sunday night after contracting the novel coronavirus, said he went for “some routine tests” as his symptoms persisted.
“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms,” Johnson said on Monday via Twitter. “I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team, as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe.”
A spokesman for the prime minister’s office announced in a statement on Sunday night that Johnson, 55, had a high fever and was admitted to a London hospital on the advice of his doctor, not in an emergency.
“This is a precautionary step,” the spokesman said, “as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.”
Johnson will remain in contact with other British leaders while he awaits the results of his tests, according to the spokesman.