News of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson being admitted to an intensive care unit drew messages of support from leaders across the world Monday.
The UK leader’s symptoms worsened a day after he was admitted to hospital for persistent COVID-19 symptoms.
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Johnson is the first major world leader to test positive for the coronavirus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo of the two. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted that Merkel wished Johnson “much strength and a speedy recovery and hopes that he can leave hospital soon.”
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.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also tweeted his support in English. “The Italian people [are] with the UK in these difficult times. We are one for each other. Get well soon Boris Johnson!”
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.
US President Donald Trump said he was saddened to hear about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition, as he battles COVID-19.
“Americans are all praying for his recovery,” Trump told a White House press briefing. “He’s been a really good friend. He’s been really something very special — strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”
Trump also said he asked two “leading companies” to contact officials in London about therapeutics that could be of help with Johnson’s treatment, adding that his team had “contacted all of Boris’s doctors and we’ll see what’s going to take place but they are ready to go.”
“When you get brought into intensive care, that gets very, very serious with this particular disease.” Trump said.