Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has confirmed.

Mr Johnson was admitted to hospital on Sunday, more than a week after he first tested positive for the disease.

He was said to be continuing to work on his official papers from his hospital bed at St Thomas' hospital in London.

Speaking at the daily press conference this afternoon, foreign secretary Dominic Raab insisted the PM will remain "in charge".

The politician said: "He was admitted for tests as precaution only and that is because some of the symptoms had persisted."

But it is now understood Mr Raab will be deputising as the prime minister.

The foreign Secretary will "deputise where necessary", a Number 10 spokesman said.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "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.

"The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.

"The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."
The Conservative Party leader is understood to be conscious and has been moved to the ICU at about 7pm as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.