World leaders send support messages to Boris Johnson

OPR

News of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson being admitted in intensive care unit drew messages of support from leaders across the world Monday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened though his Downing Street office said he was still conscious. Johnson tested positive for the virus on March 26 but after 10 days of isolation in an apartment at Downing Street, he was still fighting the virus on Sunday evening with a high temperature and persistent cough.

Malta’s President George Vella wished the British Prime Minister a speedy recovery.

A support message was also sent by Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela, the leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia also sent his well wishes to the British Prime Minister.

The Nationalist Party Leader expressed the fact that he was saddened to hear that Prime Minister was moved to intensive care this evening. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him”, his message said.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, all wished Johnson well via Twitter.

“My thoughts are with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his family this evening. I wish him a speedy and full recovery,” von der Leyen wrote.

Barnier, who is also recovering from a positive coronavirus test result wished the UK prime minister “a speedy recovery.”

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “full support to Boris Johnson, his family and the British people at this difficult time,” after the UK prime minister was admitted into intensive care for coronavirus.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo of the two. Government spokesman Steffe Seibert tweeted that Merkel wished Johnson “much strength and a speedy recovery and hopes that he can leave hospital soon.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his support. “Hang in there, Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hope to see you out of hospital and in perfect health very soon.”

Stand-in leader Raab, 46, said the British government would continue to make sure Johnson’s plans for defeating the coronavirus outbreak were carried out while he receives treatment.

“The government’s business will continue,” Raab told reporters. 

“The prime minister is in safe hands … and the focus of the government will continue to be on making sure that the prime minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward.”

Raab, the son of a Czech-born Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis in 1938, was brought up in the southern English region of Buckinghamshire and studied law at Oxford University before becoming a lawyer working on project finance, international litigation and competition law.