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.
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.
Best Wishes to Boris Johnson!
Mike "Mish" Shedlock