President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Pres sends message of sympathy to British PM Boris Johnson

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has sent a message of sympathy to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27. He had mild symptoms until April 3, was hospitalised on April 5 due to 'persistent symptom'. He was moved into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Monday after his condition worsened.

In his message, the president relayed his wishes for a speedy recovery to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on behalf of himself, the Government and people of the Maldives. The president further expressed his deep concern for the Prime Minister’s health and wished him a speedy recovery, said the President's Office. The President ended his message by reiterating his hope that global efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, both individual and collective, prove successful, and by emphasizing the unwavering ties of friendship between the Maldives and the United Kingdom, said the President's Office.

According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office, the PM Boris was hospitalised last Sunday night due to persistent symptoms and the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been appointed to deputise in the absence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Raab chaired the daily news brief held Tuesday by the UK government.

Since being tested positive for the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been working from home until he was hospitalised.

As per the reports, his condition is now stable, receiving standard oxygen treatment, he is not on a mechanical ventilator and is breathing without any ‘other assistance’.

Over 51,000 people have tested for COVID-19 while over 5000 have died with the illness in the UK.