Coronavirus: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests, as Queen calls on Britons to show patience and resolve during crisis

Samuel Osborne, Peter Stubley

Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital with continuing coronavirus symptoms as the Queen told the UK that ‘better days will return’ despite the grief and suffering caused by the pandemic.

Downing Street confirmed the prime minister was undergoing tests ‘as a precautionary step’ on the advice of his doctor.

The announcement was made after Elizabeth II urged Britons to show their traditional “quiet, good-humoured resolve” and thanked NHS staff for their work.

Meanwhile health secretary Matt Hancock criticised members of the public for flocking to parks to sunbathe during the lockdown, though he said changes to exercise rules were not “imminent”.

The worldwide number of Covid-19 cases passed 1.25 million, with more than 68,000 dying with the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In the UK the death toll rose by over 600 in a day to nearly 5,000.

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