New Delhi: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson started his third day in the intensive care unit (ICU) on Wednesday morning fighting the deadly coronavirus infection, that has infected more than 55,000 people in the country and killed close to 6,000. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?

Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday where he has being kept “for close monitoring” due to “persistent coronavirus symptoms”. He had received oxygen support, however, officials denied that he was kept on ventilator and is in a stable condition. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi

A statement released by Downing Street reiterated that the UK prime minister remains in “good spirits” as was indicated. While he is not actively working, he remains in contact with his ministers and officials. Also Read - Over 8,000 COVID-19 Cases Recorded in India For Second Straight Day, Total Tally Goes Beyond 1.90 Lakh Mark; Death Toll at 5,394 | 10 Points

Downing Street had earlier said he has remained conscious throughout and has not been diagnosed with pneumonia, the severe outcome in the most serious cases of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is currently deputising for the PM, has said he was “confident” the PM would recover from this illness, describing him as a “fighter”.

Johnson was due to take a call on lifting the severe social distancing conditions next Monday, at the end of the initial 21-day semi-lockdown announced by him in a televised address on March 23.