Coronavirus: Downing Street slams Russian ‘disinformation’ over Boris Johnson ventilator claim

Downing Street has slammed Russian “disinformation”, after a state-run news agency claimed Boris Johnson would soon be put on a ventilator because of the coronavirus.

The prime minister is in hospital under observation after being admitted on Sunday as a precaution.

He confirmed on 27 March that he has COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Despite over a week in self-isolation, Mr Johnson still has “persistent” symptoms of the virus – a cough and a temperature.

The PM said he was in “good spirits” at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and “keeping in touch with my team”.

And his official spokesman described him as having spent a “comfortable night” in the hospital.

But Russia’s RIA-Novosti had reported that Mr Johnson would be put on a ventilator, attributing the claim to a “source close to the leadership” of the NHS.

The PM’s spokesman said: “That is disinformation. Our specialist government units have seen a rise in false and misleading narratives since the coronavirus pandemic started.

“It’s vital that any disinformation is knocked down quickly.”

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