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Cyril Ramaphosa wishes Boris Johnson a speedy recovery

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter on Tuesday 7 April to give UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson his support following his hospitalisation.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa / GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tweeted a message of support for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday 7 April. 

This comes after Johnson tested positive for the disease which is currently gripping the entire world as a global pandemic. 

Ramaphosa’s message to Boris Johnson 

Ramaphosa took to Twitter on Tuesday, wishing Johnson well. 

“Wishing Prime Minister Boris Johnson a full and speedy recovery, and sending our support to him and to the people of the United Kingdom,” he said. 

“We are going through a most challenging period, but we shall overcome. Our thoughts are with him and his loved ones at this time,” he added. 

Johnson moved to intensive care 

Johnson was first hospitalised on Sunday evening and then on Monday 6 April, transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU).  

“Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing symptoms. I’m in good spirits and keeping in touch with my team,” said Johnson in a tweet on Monday. 

“I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time. You are the best of Britain. Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives,” he added. 

Downing Street statement 

According to, Johnson’s Downing Street office released a statement on Monday, saying he is being cared for at the St Thomas’ NHS Hospital in central London. 

Johnson is understood to be conscious and was moved to the ICU at about 19:00 [Monday] as a precaution should he require ventilation to aid his recovery.

“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 statement read.

“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,” it added.

Buckingham Palace said it is keeping Queen Elizabeth II informed of the prime minister’s condition.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak told the BBC his thoughts were with the prime minister and his pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, and that Johnson would “come out of this even stronger”.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that St Thomas Hospital had “some of the finest medical staff in the world” and that the prime minister “couldn’t be in safer hands”.