It has been reported by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "improving" after two nights in the intensive care unit with coronavirus. Johnson has been sitting up in bed and "engaging positively" with the medical team caring for him at St. Thomas' Hospital in London.
A Cobra meeting on Thursday will discuss "the approach" to take when reviewing lockdown efforts. Johnson's improvement comes with the news of a record high for daily deaths in UK hospitals: 938.
The Prime Minister was taken to the hospital ten days after testing positive for the virus. On Monday he was transitioned into intensive care. During the Downing Street daily coronavirus briefing, Sunak said Johnson was "receiving excellent care from the NHS team at St. Thomas."
"The prime minister is not only my colleague and my boss but also my friend and my thoughts are with him and his family," he said.
The health secretary must review the need for restrictions at least once every 21 days. The first review will take place on April 16. According to Sunak, the review will happen "around" the three-week mark, based on evidence that will become available by next week.
"I think rather than speculate about the future, I think we should focus very seriously on the here and now and the present," Sunak said.