1. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominic Raab, UK Foreign Secretary:
"Well, since Sunday, the prime minister's been under the medical care of the team at St Thomas' Hospital after he was admitted with persistent coronavirus symptoms. During the course of this afternoon, the prime minister's condition worsened. And on the advice of the medical team, he was moved in to a critical care unit. So in light of those circumstances, the prime minister asked me as first secretary to deputise for him where necessary in driving forward the government's plans to defeat coronavirus. And as you'll know, we, he's been receiving excellent care at St Thomas' Hospital. And we'd like to take this opportunity as a government to thank NHS (UK National Health Service) staff up and down the country for all of their dedication, hard work and commitment in treating everyone who's been affected by this awful virus."
(Reporter question: "With the prime minister now in intensive care, this is obviously an extremely serious situation. I mean, how worried should people be about his health and about who's in charge of the government?")
Dominic Raab: "Well, the government's business will continue. And the prime minister is in safe hands with a brilliant team at St Thomas' Hospital. And the focus of the government will continue to be on making sure the prime minister's direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and pull the country through this challenge will be taken forward."
(Reporter question: "Are you confident, though, that the government is under control tonight?")
Dominic Raab: "There's an incredibly strong team spirit behind the prime minister and making sure that we get all of the plans that the prime minister's instructed us to deliver to get them implemented as soon as possible. And that's the way we will bring the whole country through the ground up coronavirus challenge that we face right now."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.
Britain has no official post of deputy prime minister, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been designated to take over should Johnson become incapacitated.
In reaction to the update on Johnson's health, Raab said "the prime minister asked me as first secretary to deputise for him where necessary in driving forward the government's plans to defeat coronavirus."
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.