Shock in British papers after PM Boris Johnson moved to ICU


IN THE PAPERS - Tuesday, April 7: We look at the British dailies amid Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deteriorating health. We also see how New York authorities are mulling over options for burials as the death toll from Covid-19 builds up there. In France, Le Monde looks at cellphone tracking of coronavirus patients. Finally, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adds the Easter bunny and tooth fairy to the country's list of "essential" workers!


There’s one headline in the British dailies today: Boris Johnson’s health. The Covid-19-stricken prime minister was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening, but is breathing on his own and is conscious, the tabloid the Sun says. The Times of London says he was moved there as a precaution after a "rapid deterioration" in his health. The paper cites a hospital source as saying that the prime minister required four litres of oxygen, well below the threshold for admission into intensive care. 

In the US, the state of New York has been the epicentre of the crisis there with around 5,000 deaths and half from New York City itself. Mayor Bill de Blasio said his office was considering temporarily burying the dead on a Bronx island, the New York Daily News reports, but only in case city and hospital morgues fill up. 

Here in France, Le Monde is looking at the possibility of cellphone tracking of Covid-19 patients in Europe. The app would allow authorities in Europe to track patients in a bid to know who they’ve been exposed to. France’s leading privacy rights group, while not opposed to the idea, calls for strict vigilance.

Finally, ahead of Easter next week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reassured anxious kids stuck at home. She added the Easter Bunny to the country’s list of essential workers who are allowed to operate despite confinement measures. And for good measure, she also added in the Tooth Fairy, ensuring that both will clock in for duty this month!

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