Boris Johnson’s condition is “improving” and he is now “sitting up in bed”, the chancellor has revealed.
“The latest from the hospital is that he remains in intensive care, where his condition is improving,” he told the daily Downing Street press conference.
“I can also tell you he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.”
The update came just hours after Downing Street signalled that Dominic Raab was taking on a fuller role “deputising” for the stricken prime minister.
And it came as 938 deaths were announced in the UK – the highest daily toll and just 31 short of the 969 peak announced by Italy on one day at the end of March.