New Delhi: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who last month announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus, was on Sunday taken to a hospital with ‘persistent symptoms,’ including a temperature. Also Read - COVID-19: Boris Johnson's Pregnant Fiance Says Had Symptoms For a Week, But is Now on the Mend

However, it was said to be only a ‘precautionary’ measure, taken on the advice of his doctor. Johnson would undergo a series of ‘routine tests.’ Also Read - Will Continue Self-Isolation: Boris Johnson, in Video Message, Says 'Still Have a Temperature'

In a statement, a Downing Street spokeswomen said, “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has been admitted to a hospital for tests. It is a precautionary step as he continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus. Also Read - UK to Massively Ramp up COVID-19 Tests, Says Boris Johnson in New Video Message

“The Prime Minister thanks the NHS (National Health Service) staff for all their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” she added.

Johnson’s one week long self-isolation period was scheduled to end on April 3, but he announced that he would continue to stay in self-isolation as ‘he was still running temperature.’

While Johnson continues to stay in charge of the government, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said to be the frontrunner to stand in as the Prime Minister if need be, will on Monday chair a meeting on coronavirus.

The UK has thus far recorded nearly 48,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including around 5,000 casualties.