New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was shifted to intensive care unit as his condition worsened in a fight with the coronavirus on Monday. Reports claimed the PM was given oxygen, before being taken to the ICU. Also Read - Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson Taken to Hospital, Will Undergo 'Routine Tests'

“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,” said statement from 10 Downing Street. Also Read - COVID-19: Boris Johnson's Pregnant Fiance Says Had Symptoms For a Week, But is Now on the Mend

“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication,” it added. Also Read - Will Continue Self-Isolation: Boris Johnson, in Video Message, Says 'Still Have a Temperature'

Notably,  Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday due to ‘persistent coronavirus symptoms’. According to Downing Street, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been asked to deputise for the PM where necessary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that his British counterpart Boris Johnson, finds himself in perfect health soon. “Hang in there, Prime Minister @BorisJohnson! Hope to see you out of hospital and in perfect health very soon,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

Johnson had first announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, stating that he had “mild symptoms” of the virus.

The news of Johnson’s worsening condition comes as countries across the globe struggle to contain the virus. The UK currently has 51,608 confirmed cases and 5,373 deaths.