President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined world leaders in sending messages of support to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday. 

The 55-year-old has been given oxygen at a London hospital but is not yet on a ventilator, with authorities saying he has a persistent high temperature.  

In a tweet of support to Johnson, Ramaphosa says despite the world going through a challenging period, we shall overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Ramaphosa sends message of support to British PM Boris Johnson: 

Messages of support have also been sent from US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others. 

President Donald Trump expresses well wishes to British PM Boris Johnson: 

The UK has over 52 000 COVID-19 cases and over 5000 deaths.  

There have been no further updates on the PM’s condition.  

In the video below, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he tested positive for coronavirus: 

Confirmed coronavirus cases around the world: