British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital for having “persistent” symptoms since testing positive 10 days ago.
Johnson, who is in charge of the UK’s coronavirus response, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March after having a fever and “persistent” cough. He was the first major world leader to announce being diagnosed with the disease. In a Sunday statement, a spokesperson called Johnson’s hospitalization a “precautionary step.”
“On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” the spokesperson said. “This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
The United Kingdom has reported more than 48,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with a death toll of more than 4,900, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York’s daily number of deaths has dropped for the first time since the outbreak hit the state. But Cuomo explained that state officials are still assessing the significance of the decline and where New York currently stands in terms of hitting the peak.
The total number of deaths in New York topped 4,100, but saw a dip from Friday to Saturday: the state reported 630 deaths on April 3 and then 594 on April 4. Cuomo also said that the total number of hospitalizations went down and the discharge rate at hospitals “is way up.”
“The number of deaths over the past few days has been dropping for the first time. What is the significance of that – it’s too early to tell,” Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus briefing.
“The interesting blip may be in the data or the hopeful beginning of a shift in the data in the number of cases,” he added. “We’re not really 100% sure yet what the significance is as we feel our way through this.”
While New York studies the downturn in the daily death toll, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is warning that his state could run out of ventilators and ICU beds later in the week if the numbers of cases and hospitalizations continue to spike.
Along with New York, Louisiana and a few other states have become coronavirus hot spots in recent days. Louisiana has reported 13,000 cases and 477 deaths. New Orleans has been hit the hardest in the state with 4,066 confirmed cases and 161 deaths.
“We now think it’s probably around the 9th of April before we exceed our ventilator capacity based on the current number on hand and that we’re a couple of days behind that on ICU bed capacity being exceeded,” Edwards told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.