UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, has been admitted to hospital for examination, Downing Street said.
He was admitted to a London hospital with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday evening – including a temperature.
It is claimed to be a “precautionary step” taken on his doctor’s advice.
The prime minister remains in charge of the government, but on Monday morning, the foreign secretary is scheduled to preside over a meeting on coronavirus.
Mr Johnson spent the night in the hospital and is undergoing a series of “routine tests.”
A spokeswoman for Downing Street said in a statement: “On his doctor’s advice the prime minister was admitted to the hospital for tests tonight.
“This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.”
She added: “The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”