Less than 24 hours after entering the hospital, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has entered the ICU and deputized one of his ministers.
- The big picture: This is a stark reminder for all people about the importance of continuity of governance. Johnson was the first major world leader diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Statement from No. 10: “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus."
- "Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital."
- "The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary."
Flashback: It's been less than a month since the U.K. tried another approach, shooting for herd immunity before realizing it would overwhelm their National Health Service. Now the U.K. faces one of Europe's worst outbreaks.
Between the lines: President Trump and Vice President Pence keep appearing side by side in public, including at yesterday's briefing.
- "We have — we have this tiny platform and I’d love it to be wider," Trump said yesterday.
- "You know, here we are on this platform. And — but I get next to him, I don’t breathe. I’m only kidding."
- "We are — we are sometimes forced into positions that I’d rather — I’d rather be away, but it’s — you know, you’re all looking for questions. Mike is a very big part of this; I am."
- "It’s very difficult maintaining like, this distance on this little area."