British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with coronavirus

In this Sunday March 22, 2020 file photo British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his daily COVID 19 coronavirus press briefing to announce new measures to limit the spread of the virus. (AP/Ian Vogler)
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LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Johnson’s office says he is being admitted for tests because he still has symptoms, 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Downing St. said the hospitalization is a “precautionary step” and he remains in charge of the government.

Johnson, 55, has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.

The BBC quotes a Downing Street spokeswoman as saying Johnson "continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus." It was described as a "precautionary step," per advice from his doctor. The prime minister remains in charge of the government and had urged people to follow social distancing.

He said Friday that he was feeling better but still had a fever. The government said Sunday that almost 48,000 people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in the U.K., and 4,934 have died.