According to reports, on Sunday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital and on Monday he was moved into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests after suffering persistent COVID-19 symptoms, including a high temperature, for over a week.
The 55-year-old Prime Minister reportedly tested positive for the virus last month and was self-isolating at the 10 Downing Street apartment.
His condition worsened on Monday and he was moved into an intensive care unit at the St Thomas Hospital in central London.
Johnson is currently the most high-profile world leader with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe, and his transfer to intensive care is unheard of during a national emergency.
The British government was previously criticised for initially refusing to follow other European countries in requiring people to stay home as the virus spread. Johnson himself reportedly said in early March that he was still shaking hands with people.
Two weeks ago he ordered a nationwide lockdown and Britain is now in the grip of a serious outbreak. With over 50,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths recorded so far, the country’s latest daily toll is at 439.