WELL wishers from across York have been posting messages of support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson - after news that he was placed in intensive care with severe coronavirus symptoms.

Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, said:“Boris is as strong as an ox and the odds are in his favour.”

In a tweet yesterday, Mr Hollinrake said: "Best wishes to the Prime Minister for a full and speedy recovery and to his partner Carrie and all his family at this very worrying time.

"No doubt he has the strength, fortitude and courage needed to get through this and back to his rightful place leading the nation."

Paul Doughty, leader of the Conservative group at City of York Council, also sent his best wishes to the Prime Minister.

Cllr Doughty said: “I am naturally very worried by the news, it is not for nothing that doctors would recommend transferral to ICU.

"Boris has shown strong leadership as Prime Minister and I hope he returns as soon as he is fit and able.

"In the meantime, we can be proud that he is in the very best care of devoted NHS staff and we should be thankful for all they do.

"My heartfelt best wishes go out to everyone who is affected by this awful virus. We must continue to observe the advice of medical experts on social distancing and to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.”

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, also tweeted well wishes.

He wrote: "All my thoughts are with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds this evening. I wish him a speedy recovery and I know he will be receiving first class care from our brilliant NHS."

And the Archbishop of York John Sentamu tweeted: "I lit a candle at the end of my prayers and fasting on the National day of Prayer. I have just lit another one and prayed Psalm 25:The Psalmist pleading for Defence and Deliverance from affliction. It’s my prayer for all afflicted with COVID-19 -especially PM Boris Johnson."