Dominic Raab has said there is an “incredibly strong team spirit” behind Boris Johnson after he was moved to intensive care with worsening coronavirus symptoms.

The Foreign Secretary, who will “deputise where necessary”, according to No 10, said the prime minister is in “safe hands” and has been receiving “excellent care”.

Speaking to reporters on Monday night, Mr Raab said: “The prime minister is in safe hands… and the focus of the government will continue to be on making sure that the prime minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward.”

Prime Minister Mr Johnson, 55, is understood to be conscious and was moved to intensive care at about 7pm as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.

Mr Raab, who has spent much of the last month trying to get Britons repatriated from various corners of the globe amid the coronavirus outbreak, said he had been asked to deputise “where necessary”.

Sky News’s political editor Beth Rigby said Mr Raab “deputises for the prime minister when he is unable to carry out his job” and will take over responsibilities including the day-to-day running of the coronavirus response.

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